Meet the newest members of the Monarto Zoo family, four adorable Tasmanian Devil joeys!
Born in April to mum Jolene, these fluffy and feisty adorable marsupials received their very first health check last week where they were weighed, micro-chipped and given a visual check by our veterinary and keeping team.
We’re pleased to report the joeys passed their first health check with flying colours and have a bright future ahead of them as part of the breeding program working to save their species from extinction.
The five-month old joeys were given a clean bill of health and are growing well, weighing around 450 grams each.
The check-up also provided an opportune time to confirm the sex of the siblings – one little boy and three girls.
As a conservation charity, we’re proud to have bred more than 40 Tasmanian Devils since 2006, providing a vital lifeline to this endangered species.
Endangered in the wild, there has been a devastating decline of about 80 to 90 per cent in the Tasmanian Devil population since the mid-90s due to the presence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease.
At Monarto Zoo, 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 addition to breeding devils, Monarto Zoo has had four animals, which were either bred or housed at Monarto, successfully released back into the wild in Tasmania.