Rare Spotted-Tailed Quoll Couple Delight Researchers With 'Likely' Mating

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 2017Updated: January 14, 201725 views
Published: January 13, 2017Updated: January 14, 2017

Conservationists in northern Queensland were overcome with delight on December 18 when a male and female pair of endangered spotted-tailed quolls were captured on camera strolling about in their colony.

The Australian Quoll Conservancy, based in Smithfield, told Storyful the duo were part of the “most isolated species” of the spotted-tailed quoll in Australia, known as the “gracilis” race. This specific species is found only in North Queensland and less than 540 remain in the wild, according to conservation group.

The next breeding season kicks off in May 2017 and lasts until August. If the pair successfully mate, it would be the first time in the four years – when conservationists began monitoring the species with cameras.

Quolls are marsupial native cats, and the largest carnivorous marsupials on mainland Australia.

This video of the spotted-tailed quolls was taken on December 12 in a colony located between Cairns and Innisfail Hinterland, and analysed six days later.

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