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The Quoll Seekers Network (QSN) collects and disseminates information for a greater understanding of quoll ecology, through population monitoring, mapping, sharing information with the community, and campaigning for their protection.
North Queensland is the only place on mainland Australia where two quoll species occur side-by-side — the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) and the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus).
Since 2007, Wildlife Queensland’s support of QSN has ensured ongoing data collection within the state and continued efforts to address the threats quolls face from habitat loss and invasive species.
QSN’s activities include:
- promoting quoll-friendly landscape management
- conducting camera-monitoring surveys and detection dog surveys in areas where quolls are likely to be found or were historically found
- working with state and local governments to implement conservation projects, develop programs and support communities in the restoration of habitat
- educating communities and raising awareness of the importance of quolls via workshops, webinars, and Quoll Discovery Days.
Quoll species we protect
Australia has four species of quoll: the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), the eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus), and the western quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii). The spotted-tailed quoll and the smaller northern quoll are both found in Queensland.
Spotted-tailed quolls and northern quolls are both endangered. Their populations are small and their habitat is getting smaller.
QSN has been actively surveying for spotted-tailed quolls and northern quolls in key locations across South East Queensland using baited remote cameras and scent detection dog surveys teams. Our survey data has been used to increase the quality and quantity of knowledge and to raise much-needed community awareness about quolls in Queensland.
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- Partnering with the Quoll Society of Australia, Park Ridge Connect, Noosa & District Landcare and Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee to host a series of Quoll Discovery Days for landowners and wildlife enthusiasts across South East Queensland.
- Working with detection dog teams, Carnarvon Canines and the University of Sunshine Coast Detection Dogs for Conservation, in partnership with Logan City Council to discover spotted-tailed quolls in Logan
- Partnering with Scenic Rim Council to survey for quolls on participating Land for Wildlife properties in the Scenic Rim Region.
Additional ongoing QSN activities include:
- survey events
- supporting scientific research
- presentations to youth and community groups
- educational publications.
Saving the Spotted-Tailed Quoll: A Landholder’s Guide
Saving the Spotted-Tailed Quoll: A Landholder’s Guide is produced by Wildlife Queensland’s Quoll Seekers Network and funded by the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action grant program. The guide aims to provide practical ideas that may contribute to saving this elusive species.
- To view the guide: Press the PLAY button below. Pages will automatically turn. Press the PAUSE button to stop on a page. You can also use the RIGHT and LEFT arrows to view pages.
- To download the guide: Click on the DOWNLOAD button below to download as a PDF.
- To request a printed copy, please contact Wildlife Queensland at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (07) 3844 0129.
Latest QSN news
WPSQ’s projects team has been spending time in the bushland and hilltops of the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate and surrounding private properties, in search of two of Queensland’s threatened species – the brush-tailed rock-wallaby and the spotted-tailed quoll.
Find out what the Quoll Seekers team has been up to and meet wildlife detection dog team, Carnarvon Canines.
Once known to inhabit bushland across Logan, the spotted–tailed quoll seems to have disappeared from the region. To raise awareness of this endangered native carnivorous marsupial, Wildlife Queensland and the Quoll Seekers Network will be hosting a Quoll Discovery Day in June.