The devil is in the DNA for departing pair

Saxon waves goodbye to the other Devils at Peel Zoo.
Saxon waves goodbye to the other Devils at Peel Zoo.

Saxon and Vandal are expected to add genetic variety to a breeding program at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney.

The two devils are half brothers to Itchy, Scratchy, and Genghis ” the trio who received national prominence after escaping from Peel Zoo last year before being recovered several days later.

Peel Zoo co-owner David Cobbold said the devils’ DNA could be extremely valuable to the breeding program at Featherdale, which does not breed Tasmanian devils.

‘It is hoped they will breed and add genetic diversity to the resident colony. The devils should prove popular over there because they are iconic and important,’ he said. ‘Hopefully it will raise more awareness about conserving the endangered species.’