The reintroduction of western quoll to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia – a program to which the SSAA contributed $60,000 last year – was recently covered on the ABC’s Landline program.
The western quoll recovery team has deemed the trial reintroduction of the species a success, thanks to a good survival rate of newborn quoll. The team, in conjunction with the Foundation of Australia’s Most Endangered Species (FAME), is awaiting final confirmation of a second batch of animals to be released in autumn 2015.
The success of the program since its establishment in April 2014 has largely been attributed to the SSAA’s 20-year involvement in Operation Bounceback, which saw hunters from the SSAA South Australia Conservation & Wildlife Management Branch assist the state government with pest animal control activities in the region’s national parks.
The SSAA will continue to assist with the project and keep members up to date on its progress.