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Saving the Devil

This multimedia resource tells the story of the Tasmanian devil and the transmissible cancer that threatens its existence

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Saving the Devil is a multimedia resource that tells the story of the plight of the Tasmanian devil and how science, in particular genomics, is playing a role in trying to save the species from extinction. 

The Tasmanian devil is the world’s largest meat-eating marsupial found on the island of Tasmania, off the coast of Australia. It was given its name by early European settlers who were alarmed by its chilling night-time screeching.

Sadly, the Tasmanian devil is now classified as an endangered species and is one of the fastest declining mammals in the world. The reason for this is a transmissible cancer called Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD).

Through interviews with expert scientists, photos and interactive activities, Saving the Devil explores the Tasmanian devil and this unique cancer. It shows what is being done to understand the cancer and save the devil from extinction. 

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This page was last updated on 2015-01-13