Eleven Tasmanian devils have been reintroduced to mainland Australia, more than 30 centuries after they died out there.
The Aussie Ark, an NGO team released the 11 devils on September 10. Following an earlier trial involving 15 of the marsupials, which means 26 Tasmanian devils now live in mainland Australia.
The carnivorous marsupials have been released into a 400-hectare (988-acre) wildlife sanctuary north of Sydney, New South Wales.
Tasmanian devils died out on the mainland after the arrival of dingoes and were restricted to the island of Tasmania. However, their numbers suffered another blow from a contagious form of cancer known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease. This decease has killed around 90% of the population since it was discovered in 1996.
Compiled by – MK (Editor)