Early monitoring in the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges: Western Quolls

Early monitoring in the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges: Western Quolls

August 24, 2022

The unprecedented success of the reintroduction of Western Quolls/Idnya to South Australia has continued, with a positive first report from the project’s new phase further north.

Western Quolls in Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

In April 2022 our partnership with the SA Department for Environment and Water (DEW) and SA Arid Lands Landscape Board* saw the successful translocation of 25 quolls from the Ikara-Flinders Ranges to an area they had not been seen in for decades: Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park (VGRNP).

Early signs suggest that the Idnya are settling in well to their new homes, providing hope that this reintroduction can be just as successful in the long term.

Where were the quolls released?

Released along the Balcanoona Range, Wortupa Creek and Weetootla Creek in VGRNP, most of the 18 females and seven males remained within 10km of their release sites and have utilised a wide variety of habitat and shelters.

Whilst trapping for health checks in subsequent months has proved difficult due to an abundance of natural food resources for the quolls, those that have been caught are in good health. The team was particularly excited to discover a female quoll with pouch young - another critical step towards the success of the program.

To read about why the reintroduction of this species is so important, you can view our article on the Ikara-Flinders Ranges release here.

Learn more about the release in VGRNP at the project page here.

This partnership would not be possible without FAME’s donors. Thank you.

*Board funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program supporting the Bounceback and Beyond project 2018-2023.

Top image: A young quoll in VGRNP (Michael J Barritt)

Middle image: An Idnya has its measurements taken as part of a routine health check (Tali Moyle/DEW)

Below: A female quoll is found with pouch young, around 3cm in length (Tali Moyle/DEW).