Animals are going extinct at a rate not seen since the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Australia has one of the worst extinction rates on the planet, and the problem is growing. There are currently more than 500 animal species under threat.
Rewilding Australia is working hard to save one of those species, the eastern quoll, by returning it to mainland Australia, investing in captive breeding and seeking out sites for insurance populations. So far 60 eastern quolls have been reintroduced to mainland Australia in the first wild reintroduction attempted for the species. To help protect this important mainland population we need to manage invasive predators and monitor the population. To do this, we’re developing novel monitoring methods, including the use of thermal imaging technology. This comes at a cost – and we need to raise $10,000.
This will help us monitor the ecosystem, and identify predators such as foxes before they do any harm. Drones allow us to survey large and difficult to reach areas quickly with minimal disturbance to wildlife. Using thermal cameras on drones will detect the body heat of the species we need to monitor, giving us precise, real-time locations of target species, helping to build the best conservation strategy for our eastern quolls.
Please donate today to help sustain the first wild eastern quoll population on mainland Australia since they were last seen alive over 50 years ago.