Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus virverrinus)Secret Creek Sanctuary - Lithgow, NSW, Australia
The Eastern Quoll, once known as the 'native cat', is now presumed extinct on the mainland with no sightings in 50 years. Still common in Tasmainia, the Eastern Quoll is now part of a breeding program with the hope these animals may be brought back to the wild on the mainland.
Eastern Quolls breed May - October and have a gestation of 3 weeks. Though females give birth to up to 30 babies, only the first to reach the 6 teats survive (harsh). The young will spend about 7 weeks in the pouch before being able to ride on their mothers back. At about 5 months of age the juvenile quolls will leave to find their own territory.
They mainly eat insects and grubs though they may eat rabbits, mice, birds as well as grasses and berries. They grow up to 73cm long and weigh up to 2kgs.
A massive thanks to Trevor from the Australian Ecosystems Foundation for the behind the scenes tour and the information above. If you want to help the cause to see these cute little fellas back on the mainland of Australia, vist http://www.ausecosystems.org.au/index.html
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