Operation Eastern Quoll – we need your help!

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 as foxes spread across south eastern Australia, their populations were further drastically impacted, with the last mainland eastern quolls being regularly seen in the 1960s in the Sydney and Illawarra region of NSW.

The eastern quoll is now considered extinct on mainland Australia, and in the wild, now only survives in Tasmania. Our mainland ecosystems are missing their eastern quolls and returning them will help to restore a vital component in an ecosystem whose links are millions of years old. And we want you to be part of bringing them back.

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Why Booderee National Park?

Reintroduction of the Eastern Quoll to Booderee National Park will facilitate research into the effectiveness of invasive predator  management for successful re-establishment of locally extinct species  into open landscapes. The species has only been confirmed as being detected once since the collection of a road killed specimen from Sydney  in 1963, from a specimen collected in 1989 in the Barrington Tops region of NSW. Reports from the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region in the late 1960s and early 1970s have also been documented.

Potential Challenges

Reintroductions of eastern quolls to mainland Australia to this point in time have only occurred within fenced enclosures. A major impediment to reintroducing the eastern quoll to mainland Australia is introduced predators. Since 2003, Booderee National Park has been subject to intensive feral  predator control with resulting declines in foxes and cats to very low numbers. The Park therefore provides an ideal opportunity to investigate factors determining successful re-establishment of species in  unfenced, predator-managed systems on the mainland, and how reintroduced native predators interact with other species. Members of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community believe that reintroducing this species will help establish a link with the past rich ecological community that supported their ancestors.

Project Partners

The project is a collaboration between a broad range of program partners who bring their own expertise to the reintroduction – Parks  Australia, Threatened Species Recovery Hub researchers at Australian National University,  WWF-Australia, Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council, Taronga Conservation Society, Shoalhaven Landcare, Rewilding Australia, and Tasmanian Conservation Breeding Program sanctuaries Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and Devils@Cradle.

Please make a donation TODAY to support Operation Eastern Quoll, and to say thanks for your pledge, we’ll post you some fantastic rewards!