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Australia has four species of quoll: the spotted-tailed, the northern, eastern and western quoll. The spotted-tailed quoll and the smaller northern quoll are both found in Queensland.qsnlogobrown

Spotted-tailed quolls are mainland Australia’s largest native marsupial carnivore.

About QSN

Quoll Seekers Network (QSN) was established to raise community awareness of quolls in Queensland, gather information on quoll populations, and help people enjoy living alongside quolls.

The network aims to be Queensland’s central non-government body for collecting and disseminating information about quolls in order to achieve good conservation outcomes. Networking with other organisations is a key component of Wildlife Queensland’s operations and communications strategy.

Background

Originally established in 2001, QSN became a new program under Wildlife Queensland in 2007 where its work continues to expand. Wildlife Queensland’s support of QSN ensures the ongoing collection of data on quoll populations throughout Queensland and continued efforts to address the threats that quolls face from habitat loss and invasive species.

Get Involved

  • QSN welcomes wildlife enthusiasts who want to join the network. Membership is free – we just ask you to fill out the form for our records. You’ll get merchandise discounts, as well as prior notification of workshops and volunteer opportunities.
  • We encourage everyone who has ever seen a quoll to send in a QSN sightings form.
  • Or if you have a story to share about where and when you saw a quoll, email us – along with a picture if you have one and we may publish it on our website.
  • If you don’t have too much time on your hands, you can support the work of Quoll Seekers Network through our adopt-a-quoll program.

QSN in action

QSN collects data on quoll populations, threats and conservation initiatives to better understand how to support their continued existence in Queensland.

Network members contribute in many ways:

  • helping out at Quoll Discovery Days
  • writing articles for our publications
  • fundraising
  • office support
  • assisting with our education program.

Above all, members help to raise the profile of quolls in the broader community.

Spotted-tailed quoll project update – July 2019

The Quoll Seekers team undertook a survey within Spring Mountain Forest Park, Flesser Reserve and Jerry’s Downfall Reserve (Park Ridge South) on Tuesday, 25 June, before wet weather forced the survey to finish prematurely. Accompanying us was detection dog team, Carnarvon Canines from Wompoo Farm Pty Ltd.

Read more here.

Envirogrant for Quoll Seekers Network – June 2016

The Quoll Seekers Network (QSN) can continue the search for spotted-tailed quoll in the Logan region thanks to funding provided through the Logan City Council EnviroGrants program, for which Wildlife Queensland and the Quoll Seekers Network would like to express their sincere thanks. To improve chances of finding a quoll in Logan, the EnviroGrant funding received from Logan City Council will enable QSN to make use of wildlife detection dogs.

Read more here.

Extending quoll habitat around D’Aguilar National Park 2014
Infrared camera set up in Scenic Rim Photo © Alina Zwar

Infrared camera set up in Scenic Rim. Photo © Alina Zwar

Wildlife Queensland received an exciting Christmas gift in 2013 – we now have the approval to start surveys for the spotted-tailed quoll around D’Aguilar National Park. Thanks to funding from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Wildlife Queensland will team up with Land For Wildlife property owners to search for quolls in this new area.

The 18-month project will:

  • plant 500 native trees
  • undertake 10 hectares of weed control
  • host a Quoll Discovery Day and information session within the community
  • install infrared cameras to monitor fauna.

The journey will begin with the Quoll Discovery Day held at the Caboolture Regional Environment Education Centre (CREEC), 150 Rowley Road, Burpengary. This day promises to be a lot of fun for families and will feature renowned guest speaker Dr Scott Burnett passing on his personal knowledge and experience in working with the quoll species for over 10 years.  Geckoes Wildlife Presentations will also be joining us and bringing along a live quoll – a rare treat for all!  We encourage everyone curious about quolls to come along. There will be volunteer opportunities for surveys, weed control and revegetation.

The quoll camera surveys are set to follow in mid-2014. This will see our wonderful volunteers lace up their boots and do some serious bushwalking. Infrared cameras will be installed onto private properties that border D’Aguilar National Park. Our high hopes for this project revolve around these cameras as they become our eyes and capture images of any animal passing by. Wildlife Queensland’s experienced volunteers know just how important it is to select the right locations for these cameras and will spend many hours scouting for them.

The final phase of the project will be to extend and improve the natural habitat of the spotted-tailed quoll in this area. The camera surveys will provide a good indication of where these animals

live, and together with Land For Wildlife members and Wildlife Queensland volunteers, we will embark on the hard yards – weed control! Hacking out weeds is not a glamorous job but our committed volunteers always get stuck into it, and with 10 hectares to cover we will need all hands on deck.

Wildlife Queensland is excited about this project as it will allow us to extend our survey range. Surveys to date have focused on the Scenic Rim and Logan areas, but given recent roadkill incidents and sightings in D’Aguilar, it is time to scout further afield for these cryptic creatures. Following our success in capturing a live quoll on camera in the Scenic Rim, Wildlife Queensland is now determined to do the same in D’Aguilar. And we need your help.  Book your chance at the Quoll Discovery Day to help Wildlife Queensland spot the spotted-tailed quoll!

Scenic Rim regional survey program 2013
Quoll captured on infrared camera in Scenic Rim Photo © Wildlife Queensland

Quoll captured on infrared camera in Scenic Rim
Photo © Wildlife Queensland

Thanks to funding from the Scenic Rim Regional Council, Quoll Seekers Network commenced a survey program in early 2013. By late April, we had success and ‘captured’ a quoll on camera in the Mt Alford area!

Surveys are continuing and the funds have also contributed towards a ‘Quoll discovery experience’, local landholder engagement and travel expenses. QSN is now looking for financial support so it can continue surveys in this area. You can help – please adopt a quoll’.

Looking out for Quolls in Logan 2011-2014

Our latest project ‘Looking out for Quolls in Logan’ is a 3-year program which will build on the survey work undertaken in 2006 by Scott Burnett and Ivell Whyte in the northern section of the then Beaudesert Shire, as well as addressing possible sightings in other areas. Wildlife Queensland is very grateful to Logan City Council for the funding to get this exciting project underway.

For the 2011 – 2012 year thus far, funding provided by the Logan City Council’s Envirogrant program assisted with QSN field surveys from April – July 2012, and 2 successful Quoll Discovery Day events – one held in Greenbank in October 2011, and the most recent one in Jimboomba in August 2012. Despite a number of community sighting records that continue to be reported from the Logan area, no quolls have been detected on camera during the field surveys this year. However, we are still hopeful quolls will be successfully captured on camera during the 2013 survey effort.

Uncertain future for Cullendore quoll population 2012
Photo © Jo McLellan

Photo © Jo McLellan

In 2011, local residents of the Elbow Valley in south-east Queensland alerted Wildlife Queensland to a proposed mega-resort development at Cherrabah near Warwick. They fear this development will have local environmental implications including a serious impact on the spotted-tailed quoll population and other threatened species.

In August 2012, Wildlife Queensland prepared a submission highlighting the threats to spotted-tailed quolls in the area if the development was approved, and we are currently waiting on the outcome.

A PhD thesis published in 2008 by Meyer-Gleaves titled ‘Ecology and Conservation of the Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus) in Southern Queensland’ focussed its study on the site called Cullendore, consisting of two adjacent properties including Cherrabah.

To help understand the significance of this quoll population and the implications of further habitat disturbance, read a summary of the Meyer-Gleaves PhD thesis.

Photo © Amanda Ainley

Photo © Amanda Ainley

Regional QSN groups

Granite Belt Quoll Seekers Network

Thanks to a committed team of volunteers in the Granite Belt region, QSN has another active group helping quolls. The Granite Belt is one of the last strongholds of quolls in Southern Queensland.

If you live in the Granite Belt region and would like to join, call QSN member Betty Balch on 4683 3271.

Support: QSN is providing some support to the group but local sponsorship is urgently needed.

Far North Quoll Seekers Network
Spotted-tailed Quoll Photo © Luke Jackson

Spotted-tailed Quoll
Photo © Luke Jackson

Luke and Glenn coordinate this group and are passionate advocates of quolls and conservation. They collect data on spotted-tailed quolls and northern quolls in the Cairns, Daintree and Atherton Tablelands areas. The profile of quolls has been increased through prominence in the local media and through activities in the local community.

For information, contact Luke Jackson.

Support: FN QSN is partly supported by Cairns Regional Council and is interested in hearing from anyone wishing to help fund or extend its activities.

North Queensland Quoll Seekers Network

The project aims to build knowledge of northern quoll populations in the Townsville region. Activities include community quoll surveys, field data collection, quoll population mapping and monitoring.

For more information, Contact NQ QSN or read the survey reports below.

Support: NQ QSN is supported by Townsville City Council and is interested in hearing from anyone wishing to help fund or extend its activities.

QSN projects and survey reports

Projects
  • Protecting Quolls in Queensland landscapes 2009 – completed
  • Border Ranges of Queensland/NSW border: Quoll survey and community liaison – completed
  • Beaudesert report to be available via North Beaudesert Study: Quoll survey and community liaison – completed
Reports
  • Quoll Survey Lamington National Park – November 2010
  • Camera trapping for quolls, Dasyurus hallucatus in the Toonpan area. May 2010
  • Quolls in the southern Mary River catchment, south-east Queensland. September 2009 final report (size 1.04mb)
  • Surveys for spotted-tailed quolls in the northern section of Beaudesert Shire. December 2006 final report (size – 1.34mb)
  • Quolls in the Townsville Area: a summary of current knowledge June 2008. progress report.
  • Surviving the toads: patterns of persistence of the northern quoll Dasyurus hallucatus in Queensland – March 2008
  • Set of reports on the Border Ranges Project 2007:
    • Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
    • Gold Coast City Council
    • Scenic Rim Regional Council

News and information

Species profiles

Forms

News releases and articles

Resources and merchandise

  • Quoll Info Kit – Available now on CD $10 ($5.50 for QSN Members). Available online or contact us for your copy.
  • Quoll Soft Toy – support us by buying a Quoll Seeker soft toy. Available online or contact us.
  • Spotted-tailed quolls: Queensland a great spot for quollsFree copy – QSN members only
  • Quolls in North Queensland … the best spot for QuollsFree copy – QSN members only
  • Quolls in the Mary River headwatersFree copy – QSN members only

 

For more information on WPSQ’s projects, email or phone +61 (7) 3844 0129.

Written by wildlife1ict