Australian Animals Photography

This is an eastern quoll being all curious and nose, posted from @MtRothwell which is the Twitter account of the Mt Rothwell Conservation and Research Centre in Victoria, Australia.

NB: If this has been reblogged, it’s highly likely that even more names have been added since. Here’s a permalink to the original post.

Here’s a few other folks working with Australian wildlife or associated disciplines who have Twitter accounts. Follow them for news from the field and awesome quoll pictures.

  • jude (@fudgeh0g) – currently engaged in zoological field work around the Pilbara, quite possibly the last habitat of the endangered northern quoll that hasn’t been invaded by poisonous cane toads
  • Jack Ashby (@JackDAshby) – a self-professed “Australian mammal nerd”
  • Trent Forge (@TrentForge) – a Ph.D student studying spotted-tailed quolls
  • Melissa Jensen (@MelissaJensen_) – a Ph.D candidate working out of Adelaide involved with western quoll reintroduction to the Flinders Ranges
  • Stephanie Hing (@Conserv8nVet) – a Ph.D candidate and vet and conservation scientist working out of Perth’s Murdoch University on woylies
  • Tim Doherty (@TimDoherty_) – another wildlife researcher, much of his work has centred on studying feral cats
  • A S Glen (@AS_Glen) – an NZ-based ecologist studying invasive species
  • Conservation Ecology Centre (@ConservationEC) – a Victorian organisation focussing on the Cape Otway ecosystem
  • Mulligans Flat (@MulligansFlat) – a wildlife sanctuary in the ACT
  • Nature Conservation Trust (@NCT_NSW) – a NSW-based trust committed to private land conservation

This is a list in progress and I intend to add more Aussie wildlife researchers and organisations working with quolls and other Australian marsupial predators as I find them. So stay tuned!

Australian Animals Photography

This is not a quoll, but it is a quoll’s log and that might be eastern quoll fur.

Yeah, not really the same.

The big disappointment on my quolliday was not being able to get a photo of the black eastern quoll at Peel Zoo. The keepers explain that he’s usually awake for breakfast, potters around for a bit, then goes back to sleep. Unfortunately that day he went to sleep underneath a big pile of plants where he couldn’t be seen. This is forgivable since quolls are nocturnal animals, but still.

For the ten seconds i did see him, the bars of his enclosure completely defeated my camera’s usually reliable autofocus. And then he was gone. I didn’t get another try.

Still, the internet can come to the rescue: here’s some eastern quolls in Tasmania, including black eastern quolls like the one they have at Peel Zoo.

Australian Animals Photography

This is a black eastern quoll. It woke up just long enough for me to snap this picture then rolled over and fell asleep again in its quoll log (quog). They’re found almost exclusively in Tasmania.

This picture now means i’ve posted photographs i’ve taken of every single species of quoll in Australia and Tasmania, but i’m definitely going back to Peel Zoo to try to get a better photo if i can (even if Peel Zoo is 1 ¼ hours’ drive from here and quolls sleep all day).