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Why did the Tasmanian devil become extinct?


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2010-12-28 07:11:38
2010-12-28 07:11:38

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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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.

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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.

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Tasmanian DevilThylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger (now extinct)

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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.

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


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