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The Life of a Tasmanian Devil
The Life of a Tasmanian Devil is a multi-year project documenting the natural history of the species (Tasmanian devil - Sarcophilus harrisii) and the conservation efforts in place to ensure the ongoing survival of what is now the worlds largest surviving carnivorous marsupial, it is endemic to the island of Tasmania. The devil is now listed as endangered by the IUCN Red List and was discovered to be suffering from a transmissible cancer during the 90's, in which large tumours grow around the face causing starvation, organ failure and ultimately death. The tumour cells are passed on through biting during feeding and mating, although there are programs in place developing vaccine trials (with some positive results), the cancer is currently not considered treatable and is 100% fatal.