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Save The Tasmanian Devil from Extinction

To members of Save the Tasmanian Devils

ABC NEWS Wed November 21, 2007

There has been a call in Hobart for an immediate $5 million funding program to save the tasmanian devil.

A workshop at the University of Tasmania, involving international genetics and cancer experts has been told the devil can be saved, but time is running out.

In parts of Tasmania up to 90 per cent of the devil population has been wiped out by a contagious cancer-like facial tumour disease.

The senior scientist with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, Hamish McCallum says research is needed to describe the devil genome, and determine how to overcome the problem of low genetic diversity in the devil population.

The funding is being sought from the federal and Tasmanian governments, and corporate and private sources.

1. The Tasmanian Devil's population should not be left to fate