Project start date: 01/09/2023
Project end date: 30/06/2028
NESP funding: $80,000 (GST-exclusive)
The eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus) is a nationally endangered marsupial and one of 110 priority species under the Australian Government’s Threatened species action plan 2022–2032. This project aims to understand the causes of population decline for the eastern quoll in Tasmania and develop tools to safeguard this species in its last wild stronghold.
Aimee Bliss releasing an eastern quoll. Photo: David Hamilton.
Researchers are experimentally introducing captive-bred quolls to bolster wild populations in Tasmania and to provide information on what is causing the observed declines in eastern quoll populations. This project is also informing how well the translocations of captive-bred animals works as a management tool and developing evidence-based protocols for using captive-bred translocations to improve recovery of eastern quolls and as an early intervention for other declining species.
This research will collect data on how to proactively address species’ declines before populations become critically small and less likely to recover without significant intervention and investment. Project results will be directly translated into on-ground management of eastern quolls.
Key research areas
To help prevent the further decline of eastern quoll populations and other species, this project is:
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The project is being led by Professor Menna Jones from the University of Tasmania. This project will contribute to 3 cross-cutting initiatives: