28 Jun ENDANGERED EASTERN QUOLLS ARRIVE AT AUSSIE ARK!
Aussie Ark has welcomed 9 genetically critical Eastern quolls to their program, all the way from Tasmania. The quolls which were transferred from multiple facilities in Tasmania, were transferred via plane and arrived here at Aussie Ark 11 hours later, in the evening. The quolls were transferred to Aussie Ark because of their genetic diversity and will play a crucial role in the organisations breeding program.
The quolls, who arrived after dark, were transported directly down to the organisations intensive breeding facility. Upon arrival they were given health checks, had their microchips confirmed before being released into their breeding enclosures.
“The arrival of these quolls into our program is exciting for a couple of reasons. Obviously, it expands our collection, but beyond that it expands our genetic pool which is critical for a project like this” said Dean Reid, Aussie Ark Operations Manager.
He continued “Genetic diversity within a breeding collection like ours is paramount, so that we are representative of wild populations”
The quolls are part of the organisation’s Eastern quoll breeding program as a part of the larger Tasmanian Quoll Conservation Program. Through the program, Aussie Ark has successfully bred this vulnerable species in the Barrington Tops and now hold over 150 individuals, a number that grows with every breeding season.
The quolls born at Aussie Ark in the breeding program are used to supplement their rewilding work within feral predator proof sanctuaries. Recently, the organisation released 50 of the endangered species into their Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary. This was the single largest release of Eastern Quolls to Mainland Australia is history.
Mr Reid said, “We’re really proud of the outcomes Aussie Ark is achieving with this incredible species. We know that over the coming years we will be able to continue to bolster the mainland Australia population of Eastern quolls”
Eastern quoll breeding season has begun, and with the arrival of 9 new quolls to the program the team at Aussie Ark are expecting a successful season.
You can support Aussie Ark’s ambitious efforts to rewild Australia this tax time by making a tax-deductible donation. All donations will help fund their vital conservation work, including breeding species just like the Eastern quoll.