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Tasmanian devil at the San Diego Zoo (top) and the habitat in Southwest Tasmania

Following nine years of research into the genetics of the Tasmanian devil, the University of Sydney veterinary faculty has found new genetic diversity for the species after genotyping fecal samples taken in the UNESCO World Heritage site in southwest Tasmania.

Giant panda Xiao Liwu (Photo by Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo)

Giant panda Xiao Liwu explores his snow covered habitat during Panda Snow Day on Nov. 14, 2015, at the San Diego Zoo. The snow was part of an important enrichment surprise for the pandas. Enrichment is significant, as it keeps the animals stimulated and active, allowing them to show their natural behaviors.

A three-day-old southern white rhino calf goes horn-to-nub with her auntie.

A three-day-old female southern white rhino calf bravely went horn-to-nub with her “auntie,” an adult female rhino named Utamu (pronounced O-ta-moo), early on Oct. 16, 2015, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.