Tasmanian devil joeys have been born in the wild on mainland Australia for the first time in over 3,000 years, according to Aussie Ark. Conservationists say it is a landmark moment in the effort to reintroduce the marsupials to the mainland.

Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) are the world’s largest carnivorous marsupials and were once found across mainland Australia. But the introduction of invasive dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) by early human settlers quickly wiped out Tasmanian devils there, Live Science previously reported. As a result, Tasmanian devils are now endemic to Tasmania, an island off the south coast of the mainland. However, even there, the species is now endangered due to the rapid spread of devil facial tumor disease (DFTD), which has killed 90% of their population since 1990, Live Science reported.



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