Researchers from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre have joined forces with Taronga Zoo for a world-first study on the eating habits of endangered Tasmanian devils and fat-tailed dunnarts.
It is hoped the study will allow zookeepers to design diets that boost captive breeding programs to help save the Tasmanian devils and other carnivorous marsupials from extinction.
Understanding the animals' own food choices at different life stages will allow researchers to purpose build diets to
support breeding, said Professor David Raubenheimer, lead
researcher on the study. Read more
The Charles Perkins Centre and Academic Director Professor Stephen Simpson and Chair of Diabetes Professor Charles McKay feature on the ABC1’s special two-part edition of Catalyst, ‘GUT REACTION – What you eat could be making you ill.’
In the two-part special, Dr Graham Phillips reveals new research about the interplay between food and the bacteria deep within our guts.