Extinct here since the 1960s… now they’re back!
On National Threatened Species Day 2020, our favourite conservationists Aussie Ark announced they have returned the extinct Eastern quoll to Barrington Tops for the first time in over 60 years!
This week 28 Eastern quolls were released into Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to the Aussie Ark conservation facility hidden high in Barrington Tops. This new wildlife sanctuary is purpose-built with special exclusion fences to provide refuge and a healthy habitat free of feral predators.
Last year, the organisation’s quoll breeding record was broken with the birth of 51 quoll joeys and we too are excited for the future of Eastern quolls on mainland Australia.
Congratulations to the team at Aussie Ark on this momentous occasion!
About the program
The quolls are part of the organisation’s Eastern quoll breeding program. Through the program, Aussie Ark has successfully bred this vulnerable species in Barrington Tops and now hold almost 90 individuals, a number that grows with every breeding season.
Aussie Ark’s President Tim Faulkner says of the release: “Our ultimate goal is to bolster the Eastern quoll species’ population and rewild Barrington Tops. The release of these 28 individuals is a massive step in the right direction.”
Eastern quolls have been extinct on mainland Australia since the 1960s due to habitat fragmentation and predation from feral foxes, cats and domestic dogs. Aussie Ark’s fenced wild sanctuary provides refuge and a healthy habitat, removed of feral predators.
These ideal conditions allow the species to thrive and therefore breed effectively. “By replicating the needed healthy and safe environment, I have hope of joeys being bred into our sanctuary” continues Mr. Faulkner.
“These kinds of historic releases are the result of the impressive long-term vision and commitment of the Aussie Ark team,” said Don Church, president of Global Wildlife Conservation, who supported this release.
“By strategically reintroducing the right species in the right habitats, Aussie Ark is leading the way on rewilding Australia, restoring the ecosystems to their original state. This benefits not only the quolls, the ecosystems in which they live, and Australia, but helps ensure a healthier planet for all life on Earth.” He continues.
Eastern quolls living at Aussie Ark’s insurance population facility are heading into breeding season shortly and following the release of 28 individuals, the keepers have been busy moving quolls around in preparation for mating. Last year, the organisation’s breeding record was broken with the birth of 51 quoll joeys. The organisation is confident that this year’s breeding season will also be successful, and the organisation is excited for the future of Eastern quolls on mainland Australia.
Aussie Ark with the support of partner organisations, like Global Wildlife Conservation, have the know-how and ability to change the fate of Australian wildlife. A wilder future is on the horizon for Australia with Aussie Ark.
You can help Aussie Ark ensure a future for the Eastern quoll population. You can support this vulnerable species by donating at aussieark.org.au
About Aussie Ark
As a not for profit organisation, Aussie Ark raises the necessary funds to continue its ambitious vision. Investment allows for the construction of captive facilities and predator proof fencing on semi-wild parcels of land. Aussie Ark is a registered environmental organisation and charitable institution under the Australian Charity and Not-for-Profit Commission. Aussie Ark has deductible gift recipient status (DGR status) and is registered for GST purposes. More information at www.aussieark.org.au