Tasmanian Devil on dried leaf ground.
Animals

Tasmanian Devil

At A Glance

  • Conservation Status: Endangered
  • Location: Outback
  • ZOO ZONE: Outback

    The Tasmanian devil is not just a cartoon! It is a most unusual mammal, found only on the island state of Tasmania, a part of Australia. Why the “fiery” name and reputation? When a group of Tasmanian devils feeds together at a carcass, harsh screeching and spine-chilling screams can be heard. They are also black in color and are said to have fierce tempers! The San Diego Zoo is currently one of only a few zoos in the US with Tasmanian devils. Wild devils face extinction due to devil facial tumor disease (DFTD), a rare, contagious cancer found only in devils. Our Tasmanian devils are free of this disease. We are a proud partner of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program based in Tasmania. The program collaborates with research institutes and zoos around the world to save this interesting marsupial. 

    Did you know? Devil babies, called joeys, grow up in their mother’s pouch.

    koala with joey

    Australian Wildlife Relief

    Plush-crested Jay in the Zoo's Parker Aviary
    ZOONOOZ

    The Brainy Bunch

    Meet Some Smart Birds
    Mother polar bear with cub.
    ZOONOOZ

    Tracking Polar Bears...and More!

    Keeping Tabs in the Wild
    Masai giraffe
    GO BEHIND THE SCENES

    INSIDE LOOK TOURS

    Young brother and sister, mother and father wearing matching San Diego Zoo t-shirts.
    SHOPZOO

    ZOO FAMILY APPAREL

    Hotel with pool
    Creature Comforts

    PREFERRED HOTELS