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Two Tasmanian devils cuddling up at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park in Taranna
The Tasmanian devil has faced numerous threats over the years. Indeed, around 3,000 years ago they went extinct on mainland Australia. (A single tooth has, however, been found and dated to around 430 years ago, but this is disputed.) It’s thought that the carnivorous marsupials couldn’t compete with the newly introduced dingoes, although climate change at the time may have also been partly responsible.
These days, Tasmanian devils are only found in the wild on Tasmania. And the combination of their dark coloring (which makes them hard to spot) and partiality for scavenging road kill means that a lot of them end up dying on the road.