Tasmanian devils arrive at zoo

March 25, 2018 by  

The San Diego Zoo has added two Tasmanian devils to its Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit.

Although they arrived last year, the animals—a female named Quirindi (pronounced Kwa-ren-dee), and a male named McLovin—were just released from quarantine. They came to San Diego from Australia’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

San Diego Zoo officials hope that the new arrivals will allow zoo visitors to understand more about the fauna of Australia, but even more importantly, they hope the new pair will breed, increasing the population numbers of this endangered species.

The Tasmanian devil is threatened by a contagious, fatal cancer known as devil facial tumor disease, for which no cure has been found. Over 80% of the population of Tasmanian devils in the wild have been killed by the condition, which is spread by biting. Since the animal is aggressive, these wounds are common. However, both Quirindi and McLovin are free of the disease.

According to Adam James, a public relations representative for the zoo, the newcomers are nearly of breeding age. If enough Tasmanian devils are bred who are free of the disease, they may be reintroduced into their natural habitat.

The San Diego Zoo is a participant in the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program through its conservation arm, San Diego Zoo Global.

This type of information interests many people, so officials might like to work with a brochure printing company to create brochures for visitors to take with them.