Bringing back the Western Quoll
FAME (Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species Ltd) has partnered with DEWNR (South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources) to return the Western Quoll to South Australia.
Funding received through FAME will enable the fauna to be reintroduced to the Flinders Ranges National Park. The quoll is still extant in south-western Western Australia and the Western Australian Department for Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) agreed to provide wild animals for release into South Australia. The project is being managed through the Bounceback Program by DEWNR SAAL (SA Arid Lands region).
The return of the Western Quoll, a predator at the top of the food chain, will help restore the balance of species in these regions. The Western Quoll is Australia's largest remaining native predator and has been extinct in arid Australia (particularly Flinders Ranges) for over 100 years. Top order predators are an important component of ecosystems and help retain the natural balance.
Following a successful trial reintroduction in 2014, 93 quolls (45 male + 48 female) were translocated from WA in three stages - 2014, 2015, 2016 with an estimated population now around approximately 150 quolls. Monitoring of the whole population through twice yearly trapping indicated that the population has consistently grown. However, as we now aim to build a sustainable population, it is vital we continue the montior and track the quolls, particuarly with threat abatement management the greatest challenge.
Last updated March 2017