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Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) den with juveniles in Far North Queensland, Australia

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Female Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) with her juveniles in Far North Queensland


In the above clip an obliging female Northern Quoll dubbed #35 can be seen outside one of her dens with a total of five juveniles beginning to show independence as they approach weaning age. By radio-tracking individuals the team was able to record the number and type of dens used within an accurately defined territory. This was highly useful in confidently managing risk to Northern Quolls throughout works. The team were also able to record evidence of this nocturnal species regularly sunbaking and preening with young outside of the den during daylight hours as seen here.

Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) Release

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Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) Release in Far North Queensland



During construction phase on the MEWF Project, the Northern Quoll population was monitored on site. An initial intensive trapping effort allowed the team to determine the size of the population and for individual quolls to be radio-collared and subsequently tracked to their dens. This allowed the team to determine if Quolls were at risk to disturbance during works allowing works to be undertaken without impacting directly on the quoll population. Measures of success of this approach included successfully rearing of young to weaning age on the project site.