Help save the Spotted-tailed Quoll

By AG Society | June 24, 2009

Help the AG Society to safeguard our Quolls.

WHAT Spotted-tailed Quoll Dasyurus maculatus maculatus

WHERE East coast of Australia, from southern Queensland to Tasmania

WHY The spotted-tailed quoll is the second largest of the world’s surviving carnivorous marsupials (the Tasmanian devil holds the title). Once abundant along the east coast of Australia, this nocturnal species has endured a serious fall in numbers. More than 50 per cent of the spotted-tailed quoll’s habitat in northern Tasmania has been cleared, leading to population declines similar to that on the mainland.

Nationally, the spotted-tailed quoll is listed as endangered, although it’s still considered common in Tasmania. Habitat loss is a major concern – it leads to diminishing feeding grounds and the fragmentation of breeding populations. Feral cats and foxes compete with the quoll for food. These introduced predators have ravaged quoll populations.

In order to safeguard our quolls, we need to learn much more about these mysterious marsupials. University of Tasmania PhD candidate, Shannon Troy, will study populations of spotted-tailed quolls in north-western Tasmania to uncover their secrets. The results of her research will assist in the protection of quoll populations across Tasmania and mainland Australia.

Help save the spotted-quoll DONATE $2 or more so the AG Society can raise $20,000 to help save the spotted-Quoll population of Australia.

What’s next?
Quolls and the baiting issue