A final batch of 15 western quolls has been released in South Australia‘s Flinders Ranges in an ambitious program to return the native marsupials to the region after an almost 150-year absence.
Western quolls once roamed 80 per cent of Australia but their habitat has been reduced to the south-western corner of Western Australia.
Since the re-introduction began at the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park in 2014, the population has increased to about 150.
The western quoll program followed the successful re-introduction of the yellow-footed rock wallaby in the Flinders Ranges.
“We’re also re-introducing brush tail possums which have disappeared from the region,” Environment Minister Ian Hunter said.