FEATHERDALE Wildlife Park is celebrating the arrival of two Tasmanian devils.
Brothers Saxon and Vandal, aged 2, have come across from Peel Zoo in Western Australia as part of the Tasmanian Devil Insurance Population.
The program was developed to build a sustainable captive population of devils free of the fatal devil facial tumour disease which has decimated the Tasmanian wild population.
DNA samples were taken before the boys departed for their new home at Featherdale.
The samples were sent to the University of Sydney for testing and will provide valuable information on familial lineage and may assist with future breeding programs.
Saxon and Vandal will be important ambassadors for building awareness and educating visitors on the threat facing this endangered species.
Devil facial tumour disease is a fatal disease first recognised in the 1990s.
Sightings of wild devils have dropped 70 per cent since.
The cancer is transmitted like a contagious disease and is characterised by large facial tumours around the face and neck.
The disease makes it increasingly difficult to compete for and digest food, with most devils dying within a few months of tumours appearing.
Visitors to Featherdale can meet Saxon and Vandal and watch them duel over their dinner during feeding presentations at 4pm daily.
Featherdale Wildlife Park is at 217 Kildare Road, Doonside, and is open from 9am to 5pm.