Once Extinct, Tiny Marsupial Returns to Australia

Published 21 Mar 2018, 14:24 GMT
Once Extinct, Tiny Marsupial Returns to Australia

For the first time in five decades, the eastern quoll has been introduced back into the wild. These small, furry marsupials were moved from Tasmania to Booderee National Park. Scientists attribute disease, predators, and habitat loss for their disappearance more than 50 years.

Averaging nearly 24 inches in length, eastern quolls hunt and scavenge at night for insects. While quolls were once considered extinct on the mainland, they are widespread in Tasmania. Four conservation agencies are working together to release 40 quolls into the national park. Researchers are optimistic that this model will lead to further mainland reintroduction.

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