Tuesday March 13th marked the first reintroduction of eastern quolls into the wild (outside fenced sanctuaries) on mainland Australia since their disappearance from our mainland ecosystems almost half a century ago. Our 20 pioneering eastern quolls are now discovering their new home in Booderee National Park, on the south coast of NSW, after this historic release. While it is early days, it’s encouraging to hear from our team on the ground, that they have tracked and pinpointed all 20 animals in the first 48 hours and they are generally staying close to their release site.
The 10 females and 10 males were transported from Tasmanian sanctuaries Devils@Cradle and Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, accompanied flying up under the care of Shane ‘Chicko’ Sturgeon – one of Booderee’s indigenous rangers from the Wreck Bay aboriginal community.
Landing at the Jervis Bay Airfield at 1pm, they were then transported to the Booderee National Park ranger station to undergo final vet checks before being taken to five different sites where they were released before sunset.
They will be monitored continuously by the teams from The Australian National University, Booderee National Park and Rewilding Australia over the coming months as they settle into their new home and hopefully find a breeding partner. The journey for the eastern quoll back to mainland Australia is not over – this is only a first step in an extensive research program on how to manage threats to eastern quolls, so the species can thrive in it’s natural habitat
Together, with our program partners, we aim to return the lost ecosystem function the eastern quoll provides, whilst ensuring that no generation ever lives without experiencing the beauty of eastern quolls in their natural environment.
We’re excited to keep you updated on their progress and we thank you for your generosity in helping to return this unique species to our forests.