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Twenty eastern quolls were released at Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast in March. Hailed as a landmark rewilding trial, it was the first time the eastern quoll had returned to the wild on the mainland since they were wiped out more than 50 years ago. Rewilding Australia...
Rewilding Eastern Quoll
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...
Returning the Eastern Quoll In autumn 2018, we will be embarking on an ambitious program to return the eastern quoll to the wild on mainland Australia. The story of the loss of the eastern quoll is a tragedy. In the early 1900s a mysterious epidemic carried off vast numbers of eastern quolls, and...
On November 9th, Aussie Ark was officially launched. Aussie Ark, located in the Barrington Tops region of NSW, is an expansion in scope for Devil Ark - the largest insurance breeding program for Tasmanian devils. Aussie Ark will play a vital role in providing a proving-ground for rewilding...
30 years after it last roamed freely on the mainland, one of Australia's most endearing native mammals will be reintroduced to the wild. Over the next three years, 100 eastern quolls will be relocated from captive breeding sites, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and Devils@Cradle in Tasmania to a...
A ‘Pilbara’ northern quoll
Australia’s semi-arid and arid rangelands have experienced an alarming trend of extinctions and declines of native animals, mainly due to feral cats and foxes, as well as altered fire regimes and inappropriate agricultural practices. But in Western Australia, a movement is underway to help our...
Tasmanian Devil
For those who are keeping their finger on the pulse of conservation ecology research in Australia, you’d be forgiven for thinking the newspaper article below might have been written in the past 6 months. The 1953 report outlines the fallout from the release of the myxomatosis virus, and...
The cane toad was introduced into Australia in 1935 when 101 cane toads were brought from Hawaii to Queensland. We know exactly the evening two entomologists who worked for the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Experiment Station, Cyril Pemberton and Harry Dennison, accompanied Reginald W. Mungomery, an...
A major shift in policy direction in NSW will see support for reintroduction programs for lost species. Linda Bell, Senior Team Leader of the Ecosystems and Threatened Species section of the Office of Environment & Heritage writes that on April 13, the Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker...
Preface by Rob Brewster Okay, here's a North American example of how reintroducing an apex predator can increase biodiversity. The first response that I often encounter when discussing reintroducing the Tasmanian devil, or the release of captive-bred quolls with people in Government is; "won't they...
Long-beaked echidna
While pleistocene climate change has often been blamed for the extinction of the long-beaked echidna in Australia, it is highly likely that this species was highly prized by Australian Aboriginies, and may have been decimated by their hunting practices. Some recent research however, suggests that...
The diaries and newspaper reports left for us by the Australian's in the 19th century depict a land where the quoll was in great abundance. Stories of quolls in peoples kitchens, chook yards, the local church, and everywhere in between were a regular theme. Advertisements offering eastern quoll...
During the mid 1990s the Tasmanian devil population was estimated at between 130,000 and 150,000. Now, perhaps as few as 20,000 remain. Contrast this with the fox population of Australia, which is estimated at 7,200,000. That’s right…7.2 million foxes. That’s 99.72% more individual foxes than there...