Baby boom for rare animal species in Australia: As part of the breeding program of the animal protection organization Aussie Ark, numerous cute young animals were born at the beginning of the Australian summer - including Tasmanian devils, spotted quolls, long-snouted kangaroos and red kangaroos.
"Tassman's devils and spotted quolls are extinct on the Australian mainland, so it's very special to see their young scurrying around here," Aussie Ark shared.
Many of the animals cared for by animal rights activists give birth to their young in the winter months. Aussie Ark wants to use its breeding program to help save endangered endemic species.
Until a few years ago, the aggressive Tasmanian devils only existed on the island of Tasmania, from which they owe their name. However, their existence there was threatened because of a type of cancer.
In 2020, the organization released 28 of the black predators, who showed no signs of illness, into a reserve north of Sydney. Around 3,000 years after the extinction of the Tasmanian devils on the mainland, cubs were born in freedom there for the first time since then.