FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is now the home to two Tasmanian devils as part of a program to save the species listed as endangered in Australia.
The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2cx2qR7 ) Milton and Mischief arrived at the zoo on Friday and are in the zoo’s quarantine. The zoo said it is one of six zoos in the United States selected to get Tasmanian devils through the “Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.” The zoo says the species native to the island of Tasmania has been nearly wiped out over the past 10 years by a parasitic transmissible cancer that has killed nearly 70 percent of Tasmanian devils in the wild.
The devils are expected to go on exhibit when the zoo opens for the 2017 season.