The Tasmanian Devil is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world (Males weigh about 18lbs.) and is the iconic symbol of Tasmania. It was declared an endangered species by the Tasmanian government in 2008 due to the rapid decline in its numbers since the 90's from a nonviral, but transmissable facial cancer. smithsonianmag.com #Tasmanian_Devil #Tasmania #smithsonianmag
"Fairy penguin 5" by marcusfrieze on Flickr - The fairy penguin is the smallest penguin in the world and is native to the cold southern coasts of Victoria and Tasmania. Every night fairy penguins crawl along the beach at Phillip Island in order to return to their nest - this phenomenon is called the Penguin Parade.
Every year, hundreds of tourists visiting remote islands off the Tasmanian coast are enchanted by the sight of little penguins - also known as fairy penguins - making their way across the sand dunes after dark towards their burrows.