Endangered Spotted-tailed Quoll sighted in Great Otway National Park
Thursday 7 August, 2014
An endangered Spotted-tailed Quoll has been sighted in the Great Otway National Park for the first time in 24 years. Related to the Tasmanian Devil, and colloquially known as the ‘Tiger Quoll’, the animal was caught on a remote camera set up as part of an ongoing program by Parks Victoria scientists and rangers to monitor the park’s rich native mammal population. This follows the recent discovery of a hair sample.
The exciting find is an encouraging sign that fox control programs in the park are helping to protect native species.
The Great Otway National Park is one of the few Victorian landscapes home to nearly all the mammals that would have been present at the time of European settlement. Other animals captured on camera during the monitoring program include threatened Southern Brown Bandicoots and Long Nosed Potoroos.
Forty remote cameras were first set up in 2009 in two locations within the Great Otway National Park; one with a fox baiting program in place and one without.
Preliminary observations show that the fox baiting has had a marked and positive effect on helping to protect the native mammal populations within the Great Otway National Park.
Parks Victoria will be working with staff from the Australian Mathematical Sciences to fully analyse the data collected over the past six years.
Spotted-tailed Quolls are listed as Endangered under the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Media enquiriesKate Milkins
0437 129 031
Parks Victoria media centre
Thursday 23 February, 2017
Remember how good it feels to be outdoors and immersed in nature? From exploring stunning coastlines, forests and mountain peaks,…
Monday 20 February, 2017
Parks Victoria is inviting the community to comment on plans to introduce non-powered recreational boating, including canoes and kayaks, in…
Monday 20 February, 2017
It has been all hands on deck recently with key restoration projects occurring at three historic huts located within the…
Friday 10 February, 2017
Applications are now open for the 2017 Nancy Millis Science in Parks Award. The award recognises outstanding projects that foster…
Monday 6 February, 2017
Sand renourishment and revegetation works undertaken in 2015 and 2016 to improve the habitat values for migratory birds on Pelican…
Tuesday 31 January, 2017
The two-year trial of balloted Hog Deer hunting on Snake Island commences on Monday 6 February with a total of…