The Australian Reptile Park is working with a range of zoos and government agencies in the fight to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction. Save the Tasmanian Devil Program is a joint project between the Tasmanian government (Department of Primary Industries and Water) and the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) to establish an insurance population of this iconic species on the mainland, while research continues in Tasmania aimed at addressing the problem on the ground. Declared endangered in May 2008 due to the ravaging effects of a viral named Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), which unfortunately is mutating at an alarming rate with over 9 different strains already recorded. To date more than 90% of Tasmanias devils have disappeared from the island.
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