Animal Facts

  • Genus:

    Sarcophilus
  • Species:

    Sarcophilus harrisii
  • Conservation
    Status:

    Endangered
  • Found In:

    Tasmania, Australia
  • Length:

    Body up to 625mm, tail approx. 258mm
  • Weight:

    6-8kg

Meet our feisty devils!

Monarto is home to 14 feisty Tasmanian Devils. We work with several other Australian zoos to ensure there is an insurance population for the Tasmanian Devil in case there is no cure found for the cancerous facial tumour that is wiping out the native population. In October 2013 we saw the first wild release of Monarto Zoo bred devils to Maria Island off the coast of Tasmania.  We’re proud to share the news that our devils are thriving in the wild and also breeding!

One of our devils, Monzo, was born at Monarto in 2011 and was hand-reared. While he can be quite selective with whom he likes and trusts, he enjoys spending time with zoo keepers and often demands to be picked up for a cuddle! Monzo is a very outgoing devil and loves to tear into enrichment toys that have meaty treats hidden within.

While the majority of our devils are housed in our dedicated breeding facility, we have a Tasmanian Devil habitat near the African Waterhole exhibit, which the devils take turns living in. This provides great stimulation as they have access to new smells and sights!

Tasmanian Devils are Australia’s largest living marsupial carnivore. They were once widespread over mainland Australia, however, the introduction of the dingo is thought to have caused their extinction on the mainland. Today, the Tasmanian Devil is found only on the island state of Tasmania.

Until recently this species was considered common, however, due to the presence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) there has been a sharp decline in the population. The disease manifests as small lumps near the mouth, which over time grow into large tumours on the face and neck, and occasionally on other parts of the body. DFTD is highly contagious and affected animals appear to die within six months.

Tasmanian Devils are nocturnal creatures and in the wild spend the majority of the day sleeping in a den or dense bush. However, in captivity they have learnt that they face no harm and eagerly come out to be fed during the latter part of the day.

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