Protecting tiger quolls in the Great Ocean Road

Tiger quoll at the centre  | Image by Lucia Griggi

Did you know..? Tiger quolls give birth to joeys that are not much bigger than a grain of rice! | Image by Lucia Griggi

Great things are happening for the conservation of tiger quolls in the Great Ocean Road National Landscape.

Populations of these charismatic marsupials are classified as endangered in Victoria – even in the Otway Ranges on the Great Ocean Road which has traditionally been considered one of the quoll’s last stronghold areas.

Seven quolls live at the Conservation Ecology Centre where we are helping to improve the effectiveness of survey techniques. In October 2012 four tiger quoll joeys were born here – they are healthy and thriving (and very cute!) A captive breeding program is an important insurance policy against endangered species and a meaningful way for people from all over the world to connect with a species which is almost impossible to see in the wild.

The centre is also training a group of dogs (and their owners!) to help detect tiger quolls by their scats and to manage feral predators.

As work proceeds the centre is delighted to have recently confirmedthe presence of two wild quolls from different areas of the Otways from DNA analysis of scats. This is extremely encouraging progress – prior to these discoveries the last confirmed evidence of a wild quoll in the Otways was taken from a single hair collected from a hair trap by the Friends of the Eastern Otways in 2003.

Lizzie, Conservation Ecology Centre, Cape Otway

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