Aussie Ark has had their best breeding season yet for Eastern Quolls.
The species have been extinct on Mainland Australia since 1963, and across Tasmania quoll numbers have declined by more than 50 per cent in the 10 years to 2009 and the population is showing no signs of recovery.
It’s estimated approximately 10,000 are left in Tasmania, but numbers have fallen rapidly with Eastern quolls edging closer to extinction.
Pouch checks at the Barrington Tops conservation facility have revealed 51 Eastern quoll joeys.
This is the third year Aussie Ark has bred Eastern quolls with the aim of building a robust insurance population and ensure this unique species isn’t lost.
“It’s an exciting time of year for the whole team when we do the Eastern quoll pouch checks and to see how much the population has grown,” Aussie Ark President Tim Faulkner said.
“Eastern quolls were once common throughout Australia, but sadly can now only be found in the wild in Tasmania. They are an important part of our ecosystem with their appetite for rabbits, mice and rats keeping the populations of these pests under control.”
"These joeys are an important part of our insurance population and help slow the decline of the species and prevent extinction," he said.
The cause of their mainland extinction is due to introduced feral pests such as cats and foxes, as well as poisoning and trapping.
The vision of Aussie Ark is to establish a robust insurance population of Australian threatened, native mammal species and release them into sanctuaries protected from unnatural threats.
You can help Aussie Ark’s mission of saving endangered native wildlife from extinction by ‘adopting’ an Eastern quoll for as little as $25 a month. Go to https://www.aussieark.org.au/adopt/ to find out more
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