4 November 2011

Healesville Sanctuary's very first pair of handraised Tasmanian Devil joeys need names.



The two little girls are just seven months old and are ready to meet visitors.



Bred at Healesville Sanctuary as part of the captive breeding program, this gorgeous pair will become ambassadors for their wild cousins and teach people about what they can do to help save this unique and ecologically important species.



"They are beautiful, strong and healthy," Healesville Sanctuary Director Glen Holland said. "The staff looking after them are really enjoying the challenging experience and showing our visitors that they are quite timid animals, not aggressive at all."

Every night, both Devils are taken home by Sanctuary staff to allow for round the clock care and late night feeds.  However, during the day, the pair are on display alongside many other babies at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary. 



People can also adopt a Tasmanian Devil for as little as $15 a month and help save this threatened species. Adopting a Tasmanian Devil is a great way to contribute directly to the care, wellbeing and enrichment of wildlife, both inside and outside our three zoos, as well as keeping updated about the Tasmanian Devil.



By adopting a Tasmanian Devil, you will be supporting the work of Zoos Victoria in fighting extinction.



Sunday Herald Sun and Healesville Sanctuary has teamed up to invite you to name these gorgeous girls. Staff are looking for names that reflect the Devils' Tasmanian heritage. Winners will be announced in a few weeks. The lucky winners will have a chance to visit Healesville Sanctuary with their families to meet the Tasmanian Devils they have named.

Photos: Jay Town, Sunday Herald Sun.

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