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Devil Facial Tumor Disease

 

diseased-face-eye1_0-300x300First reported in 1996, this cancer is often spread through the bites of infected devils during group feedings. An affected devil eventually develops tumors on its head, face, neck, shoulders and mouth which prevent eating and can cause a breakdown of bodily functions. There is no cure, but recent genetic testing may eventually lead to a vaccine that will trigger an immune response against the cancer cells, while other research involving a molecule from a rainforest plant has shown promise as a possible future treatment.

To learn more visit www.tassiedevil.com.au Scientists are searching for a cure.

At the same time, zoos are saving Tasmanian devils by keeping non-infected populations away from the disease.Your donation supports these efforts. All proceeds benefit the Save the Devil Program in Australia.

Donate to the “Save the Tasmanian Devils” fund

(Select Designation: Save the Tasmanian Devils Fund)