The world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial, the devil has a thick-set, squat build, with a relatively large, broad head and short, thick tail. Body size varies greatly, depending on the diet and habitat.

Adult males are usually larger than adult females. Large males weigh up to 12 kg, and stand about 30 cm high at the shoulder.

Listed as endangered, they are threatened with extinction due to the deadly Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) - a devastating disease that emerged in 1996 and still has no cure.

Once widespread throughout Australia, devils are now only found in Tasmania.

Our Tasmanian devils came from Australia's Healesville Zoo in April 2014, to be part of an insurance population for the endangered species.


How we care for the Zoo's clever devils!

We follow carnivore keepers Steph and Nick as they provide a nutritious and enriching meal for the devils at Auckland Zoo and discuss how we care for them.