26 July 2013

Meet Healesville Sanctuary’s newest arrival, a gorgeous little Tasmanian Devil joey.

Although she’s not up to meeting visitors just yet, she is beautiful, strong and healthy and had her first photo shoot with the Sunday Herald Sun last week, where she was a true little media star.

The yet-to-named joey is just over four months old and is currently being fed five bottles around the clock. She is one of three joeys in her litter. Her brother and sister are still with mum, a first-season breeder in Healesville Sanctuary’s captive breeding program that is part of the national Save the Tasmanian Devil conservation program.

“Healesville Sanctuary has been involved in the program since 2006 and bred almost 100 joeys,” the Sanctuary’s Director, Mr Glen Holland said. “This little joey will be lovingly hand-raised by our dedicated threatened species team. As she gets older, she will be introduced to our visitors to help tell the story of the Tasmanian Devil, its fight against extinction in the wild and what Zoos Victoria is doing to save the species.”

While she may not be on display yet, you can still get involved with the story of this little joey.

Along with the Sunday Herald Sun, Healesville Sanctuary would like your help with naming our new joey.

To name the Tasmanian Devil joey, click here.

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