The Tasmanian devils
An endangered specie
The Tasmanian devil is an endangered specie. He disappeared from the Australian country over a century ago and now is only to be found on the island of Tasmania. Due to the dangerously decreasing number of observed specimen in nature he is since 2008 considered by the IUCN Redlist "in danger of extinction". His population, in Tasmania, is estimated between 20.000 and 75.000. His extinction is mainly due to the appearance of a disease identified in 1996 as the Devil Facial Tumor disease (DFTD) and has eradicated already half of the population.
Despite of the prohibition of the export out of Tasmania, Australia gifted in 2004 devils to Denmark. These first marsupials in Europe were a present for the birth of the first child of prince Fredrik of Denmark and his Tasmanian bride,Mary Elizabeth Donaldson. The brothers Cradle an Cradoc, who have joined Pairi Daiza, are part of the progeny of these "royal devils". Cradle an Cradoc, both born in 2013, are the first devils ever to be in Belgium, making the country the second European country to house this extremely rare specie.
Only of the size of a small dog but with his robust body, the Tasmanian devil weights between 6 and 12kg depending on his gender. He has a big tail where he stores all the fat he can, and serves as food storage. in comparison to the size of his body, he has a massive head. He is provided with powerful jaws and sharp teeth. He can crush bones with the greatest of ease. in proportion to his size, the devil has the most powerful jaws of all mammals.
The Tasmanian devils in image
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