Endangered Tasmanian Devil to get $3m habitat funding

THE endangered Tasmanian devil could soon benefit from a $3 million federal grant to support high-priority habitat for the rare animal.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced the funding on Thursday would go to fencing off the habitat for a sanctuary for the devil.

He said the area would be a disease-free zone, as part of efforts to battle the devil facial tumour disease which has added to its endangered status.

The area, he said, would provide a "new insurance population" of devils to help rebuild population and allow for better management of the world's largest marsupial.



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