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The Tasmanian devil is not extinct, but it is threatened by a disease.

From about 1996, the Tasmanian Devil has been threatened by a fatal form of cancer called "Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD)" which has killed more than 90% of adults in high density areas and 45% of adults in medium to low density areas resulting in an "Endangered" classification.

Since then, the Threatened Species Scientific Advisory Committee has recommended moving the Tasmanian Devil up the "Endangered Species" list.

A number of groups have combined to fund, study, analyse and come up with a cure for DFTD.

Note: The Tasmanian Devil should not be confused with the Tasmanian Tiger, more properly known as the Thylacine, which is believed to have been extinct since 1936.

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How is the Tasmanian devil extinct?

The Tasmanian devil is not extinct, unlike its distant cousin, the Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger. The Tasmanian devil is classified as "Endangered", but it is unlikely to become extinct, thanks to the success of captive breeding programmes on the mainland.


What year did the Tasmanian devil become extinct?

The Tasmanian devil is not extinct. In 2008, its conservation status was moved to "Endangered". The Tasmanian devil should not be confused with the Thylacine, also known variously as the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf. The last known specimen of the Thylacine died in 1936, and it was added to the "extinct species" list in 1963.


What marsupial is Tasmanian?

Tasmanian DevilThylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger (now extinct)


Where does a Tasmanian devil come from?

The Tasmanian Devil is native to Australia's island state of Tasmania. Fossil evidence indicates it was once found on the Australian mainland, but when the Dingo was introduced by the Aborigines, this is believed to have caused the Tasmanian Devil to become extinct on the mainland.


Why are the Tasmanian devils extinct?

Tasmanian Devils are not extinct (unlike the Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger).However, the Tasmanian Devil has only recently been classified as "endangered".


Who'd win in a fight a Tasmanian devil or Tasmanian tiger?

Given that the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, is now extinct, it would be an easy win for the Tasmanian devil.


What year are the Tasmanian devils going extinct?

There is no way to predict when, or even if, any animal will become extinct. It is also highly unlikely the Tasmanian devil will become extinct. Conservation parks and accredited animal sanctuaries in South Australia and Victoria, on the mainland, have reported great success with captive breeding programme which will ensure the continued existence of the Tasmanian devil. These animals show no signs of developing the disease which has caused such a massive decline in the Tasmanian devil population since 1996.


Why does the Tasmanian tiger hate the Tasmanian devil?

The Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) did not hate the Tasmanian devil. Tasmanian Devil and the Thylacine both occupied the top of the food chain, competing for live prey, until the Thylacine became extinct in 1936.


Why Tasmanian Devil became extinct on mainland Australia?

It is believed that the introduction of the dingo (by the Aborigines) caused the extinction of the Tasmanian devil from the mainland.


What are the relatives of the Tasmanian devil?

The Tasmanian devil is a carnivorous marsupial, or dasyurid, so its closest relatives are the other dasyurids, such as the quoll and the now-extinct Thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger.


Who are the Tasmanian devil's cousins?

The Tasmanian devil has no "cousins". The Tasmanian devil is a carnivorous marsupial, or dasyurid, so its closest relatives are the other dasyurids, such as the quoll and the now-extinct Thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger.


What is the closest relative to the Tasmanian devil?

The Tasmanian devil is a carnivorous marsupial, or dasyurid, so its closest relatives are the other dasyurids, such as the quoll and the now-extinct Thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger.


Why are Tasmanian devils becoming extinct?

The Tasmanian devil is not becoming extinct, but it is endangered. Like many Australian native animals, one of the main threats to the Tasmanian devil is habitat loss. Since 1996, the greatest threat to the Tasmanian devil has become the Devil facial Tumour Disease, a contagious cancer which proves fatal to the animal. Another problem is that Tasmanian devils often feed on roadkill, and unfortunately, many of them can be killed by cars while feeding, particularly from dusk through to the early morning hours.


What country do Tasmanian devils come from?

The Tasmanian Devil is native to Australia: specifically, it is native to the island state of Tasmania. Fossil evidence indicates it was once found on the Australian mainland, but when the Dingo was introduced by the Aborigines, this is believed to have caused the Tasmanian Devil to become extinct on the mainland.


Is the Tasmanian Tiger endangered?

The Tasmanian Tiger, more correctly known as the thylacine, is extinct.It should not be confused with the Tasmanian devil, which is endangered.


What mythical creature is related to the Tasmanian devil?

The thylacine or Tasmanian tiger is not "Mythical" but believed extinct since 1936.


What is a Tasmanian devil's rival?

Since the Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger, became extinct, the Tasmanian devil has had no other native competitors. However, since the fairly recent introduction of the fox, the fox has become a rival.


What are the close relatives of the Tasmanian devil?

There are no truly close relatives of the Tasmanian devil. The Tasmanian devil is a carnivorous marsupial, or dasyurid, so its closest relatives are the other dasyurids, such as the quoll, while more distant relatives are the numbat and the now-extinct Thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger.


Is there such thing as a Tasmanian Cheetah?

No. There is the Tasmanian devil. There is also the Thylacine, commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf, which is extinct. It was neither tiger nor wolf, but a marsupial.


What animals are in common with the Tasmanian devil?

If the question means "What animals are most closely related to the Tasmanian Devil?", then the four species of quolls are most closely related to the Tasmanian Devil.The Tasmanian devil is the only member of its genus Sarcophilus. However, besides the quoll, other relatives include the numbat, the now-extinct Tylacine (Tasmanian tiger) and the antechinus.


Which animal have become extinct in Australia?

Tasmanian tiger.


What are 5 Australian animals that might be extinct in the next 30 years?

tasmanian devil


Is the Tasmanian devil the predator of the Tasmanian tiger?

No, the Tasmanian Devil and the Tasmanian Tiger (properly called a Thylacine) both occupied the top of the food chain, competing for live prey, until the Thylacine became extinct in 1936.There have been unconfirmed sightings of the thylacine, but they are probably the result of wishful thinking, and the animal truly is believed to be extinct.


How long will it be until Tasmanian devils are extinct?

There is no way to predict when or if Tasmanian devils will ever become extinct. Scientists are making progress in the search for a cure to the fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease, and there are safe captive breeding programmes which are protecting non-infected adults.


What animal is in the similar species as a Tasmanian devil?

There is no species similar to the Tasmanian devil. The closest species to the Tasmanian devil is the quoll, another native Australian carnivorous marsupial, or dasyurid.As dasyurids, Tasmanian devils are related to other small dasyurids such as kowaris, antechinus, phascogales, planigales. They are only distantly related to the now extinct Tasmanian tigers, or Thylacines.