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Tasmanian devils wipe out thousands of penguins on tiny Australian island

<p>Marsupials introduced to Maria Island, east of Tasmania, to safeguard their numbers but have decimated birdlife</p><p>An attempt to save the Tasmanian devil by shipping an ā€œinsurance populationā€ to a tiny Australian island has come at a ā€œcatastrophicā€ cost to the birdlife there, including the complete elimination of little penguins, according to BirdLife Tasmania.</p><p>Maria Island, a 116-square-kilometre island east of Tasmania, was home to 3,000 breeding pairs of little penguins around a decade ago.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/12/amazing-evolutionary-response-tasmanian-devil-gains-edge-in-battle-with-devastating-facial-cancer">ā€˜Amazing evolutionary responseā€™: Tasmanian devil gains edge in battle with devastating facial cancer</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/21/tasmanian-devils-wipe-out-thousands-of-penguins-maria-island-australia">Continue reading...</a>

Marsupials introduced to Maria Island, east of Tasmania, to safeguard their numbers but have decimated birdlife

An attempt to save the Tasmanian devil by shipping an ā€œinsurance populationā€ to a tiny Australian island has come at a ā€œcatastrophicā€ cost to the birdlife there, including the complete elimination of little penguins, according to BirdLife Tasmania.

Maria Island, a 116-square-kilometre island east of Tasmania, was home to 3,000 breeding pairs of little penguins around a decade ago.

Related: ā€˜Amazing evolutionary responseā€™: Tasmanian devil gains edge in battle with devastating facial cancer

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