Old zoo devils retiring types
UNLIKE “Taz” the cartoon Tasmanian devil who has been around since 1954, the Tasmanian devils at Perth Zoo are at the retiring end of their lives.
Ronnie and Ochre are seven years old and most Tasmanian devils in captivity live to seven to eight years of age, while very few wild devils live longer than five years.
Senior keeper Steve Catwell said one of his favourite things about the Tasmanian devils was the way they fought over their food.
“These guys are a bit older so they are a bit more placid and they really appreciate us coming in to feed them,” he said.
Top: Tasmanian devils at Perth Zoo; and above: Steve Catwell in their enclosure.