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10 September 2012

To coincide with Threatened Species Day, Healesville Sanctuary is celebrating births of 18 Tasmanian Devil joeys, 24 Helmeted Honeyeaters, 23 Orange-bellied Parrots, 1129 Spotted Tree Frogs, 20 Southern Corroboree Frogs, 120 Northern Corroboree Frogs and 16 Mountain Pygmy-possums.

"It is so important for us to be playing such an active role in fighting extinction and working hard to save some of the world’s most endangered animals that live in our own backyard," Glen Holland, Healesville Sanctuary’s Director said. "We have specialised skills in breeding ten of Zoos Victoria’s 20 highest priority species and work closely with partners to ensure success in the wild.

"Seven out of nine Tasmanian Devils have successfully bred this season, which is a great result," Mr Holland said. "And, following this season’s captive breeding success, 18 Helmeted Honeyeaters will be released to Bunyip State Forest and most of our Spotted Tree Frogs will have a new home in the Topanga River. It’s challenging, ambitious and rewarding work."

National Threatened Species Day (Friday 7 September 2012) was first held in 1996 to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger in captivity in 1936 in Hobart.

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