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Spotted! Quoll-ity new residents move into WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

  • Wednesday 3rd July 2024

Eastern Quoll 3 WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Two rare eastern quolls, a species once classified as Extinct on mainland Australia, have arrived at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour. The bachelor pair relocating from Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania.

Known for their striking fur pattern - ranging from fawn to black with white spots - these small cat-like marsupials play a crucial role in the ecosystem as natural pest controllers with a substantial portion of their diet consists of insects including crickets and spiders. Being an agile predator, quolls can also hunt larger prey such as rabbits, rats, and mice.

Nightfall at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo simulates different habitats found across Australia - under the cover of night - allowing guests to observe some of the country’s lesser-known nocturnal creatures. The addition of the quolls adds a new predator to the zoo, giving guests a rare glimpse into the lives of these elusive carnivores.

“We are delighted to welcome this duo of rare eastern quolls to Nightfall,” said Tyler Whitehouse, Keeper at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. “Our goal is to educate and inspire our guests, by giving them access to see rare Australian animals. By caring for them we hope to raise awareness around the challenges quolls face and share the success of zoo conservation initiatives to reintroduce the species back on the mainland.”

These captivating dasyurids (carnivorous marsupials) arrived in Sydney late last month on a Qantas flight before being safely delivered to the zoo by animal transport specialists, Jetpets. The dynamic duo has completed a mandatory zoo quarantine and are now on display, within their cozy new home in the heart of Sydney.

Catch the latest arrivals at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, these Winter school holidays. Merlin Entertainments four Sydney attractions are offering 50% off* kids tickets and seven animal trading cards for guests to collect, for a limited time only.

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