29 Sep 2015 12:04:13
Meet our rescued Spotted-tail Quoll
An orphaned female Spotted-tailed Quoll is the newest resident to call WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo home after being rescued at Wild Rivers National Park, near Armidale. Named Inala, an Aboriginal word meaning 'nighttime', our rescued Spotted-tailed Quoll arrived almost one month ago and is adjusting well to her new surroundings.
Inala has had a very difficult journey up until this point having been orphaned in the wild at such a young age and understandably when she arrived at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo she was quite shy. Thanks to the dedication of our expert keepers over the past month, her overall health has really gone from strength to strength.
Inala is thriving off a diet of minced meat, and currently weighs in at a healthy 2.2 kilograms, which is optimum weight for her age. She is also gradually becoming more independent and inquisitive of her new environment - we couldn't be more thrilled to have her join the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo family.
Estimated to be around 12 months old, the adorable female quoll is the newest addition to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo's Nightfall exhibit and will form part of the regional breeding program to protect this precious iconic species for future generations.
Spotted-tail Quoll Conservation
With their trademark spotted tail and agile climbing ability, this mostly nocturnal Australian native species calls the rainforest and woodlands home. However, due to the introduction of feral species, such as cats and foxes, and the degradation of its natural habitat through human activity, has led to a steady decline of the Spotted-tailed Quoll.
Currently listed as 'vulnerable' in New South Wales, the Spotted-tailed Quoll is mainland Australia's largest marsupial carnivore, playing an important role in regulating the populations of other animals that form part of their diet including rabbits and possums.
Adopt an Animal
Visitors to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo can join the 'Adopt an Animal' program to help save the future of Australia's native animals. An initiative led by the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund, donations will be used to fund projects which help protect and restore the population of Australia's threatened species and their habitats.