With the assistance of our supporters and partners, we’ve been in the field, undertaking Phase Two of the mainland reintroduction trial for the eastern quoll.
In 2018 twenty eastern quolls were released in Booderee National Park, in a challenging program that aims to reverse the extinction of the species from mainland Australia. Three of the ten female quolls released last year, successfully survived and bred in the park. Now, an additional forty quolls have joined the first and second generation of quolls already inhabiting the region.
Over the next few months, intensive monitoring will be undertaken to determine how successful they are at surviving in the wild, where they’re choosing to call home and how the quolls interact (and hopefully breed) with each other.
To all our supporters, we’d like to say a huge thank you. Your assistance lets us breed more quolls, spend more time in the field monitoring the reintroduced quolls, and engage with the broader community to let them know why we must all love our unique and important quolls.
A huge shout out to all our partners, including Parks Australia, Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council and the people at Wreck Bay, ANU Fenner School of Environment & Society, Threatened Species Recovery Hub, WWF Australia, Taronga Zoo Sydney and Shoalhaven Landcare.
A special mention should also go to our partner sanctuaries, Devils at Cradle and Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, and an official welcome to our newest partner sanctuary, Aussie Ark. These sanctuaries have all done a brilliant job in managing a significantly expanded captive breeding program for eastern quolls, that helps educate our community whilst also supporting this reintroduction effort. Thanks also to the Threatened Species Commissioner, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Local Land Services South East, who have provided support to this program, and also to the Department of Defence who have provided assistance with transport logistics.