A second chance for the eastern quoll

A second chance for the eastern quoll


Posted on 17th May 2019 by Media Relations

We’re really excited to share that there’s now even greater hope for Eastern quolls on the Australian mainland, after 40 more Eastern quolls were reintroduced to Booderee National Park in early May!

quoll in box

In the early 1900s the species was abundant along the east coast, but disease and feral animals wiped them out on the mainland half-a-century ago.

Although they still live in the wild in Tasmania, the species has not been seen alive on the mainland in the wild for more than 50 years. This is the second reintroduction of the species to Booderee, after 20 Eastern quolls were reintroduced to the park last year. The new quolls come from two breeding sanctuaries in Tasmania and one in NSW.

health check

The timing of the release coincides with reduced annual fox activity, reduced risk from paralysis ticks and in time for quolls to familiarise themselves with the new surrounds before the June breeding season.

Taronga is a proud partner on this project. Our staff from the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health performed health checks on the 40 quolls before they travelled to Booderee and again before they were released into the national park. All of the animals were healthy and in good condition. 

karrie and jane

The Eastern quoll reintroduction project is a collaboration between Parks Australia, @TheAustralianNationalUniversity, Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council, Rewilding AustraliaWWF-Australia and Taronga, with support from Devils@Cradle, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and @DevilArk wildlife sanctuaries.