In September, WWF-Australia set out to Tasmania to capture some photos and videos of infant quolls that will be the first generation of quolls to set foot on the mainland for 50 years.
It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. So two of our teammates, Maddy and Laurent hit the road and headed south to Tassie.
To celebrate the return of the eastern quoll to the mainland, WWF-Australia is running a competition for the chance to name two of these mini-marsupials before they start their trip to Jervis Bay next year.
On the trip, they learnt that a baby quoll is called a ‘pup’, and that they’re super-cute.
Adult quolls like this one are about the size of a small cat. This quoll makes its home at Devils@Cradle, near Cradle Mountain.
In the wild, eastern quolls are nocturnal, spending their days in nests in underground burrows or under logs. At Devils@Cradle they have no predators so are comfortable coming out during the day to forage around in their specially designed habitat.
There's a reason this photo is slightly out of focus. Maddy sat down to be level with the quoll, but in the process sat on her phone and smashed it.
Impromptu snowball fight! Snow is a bit of a novelty when you come from Sydney.
It’s likely that these two pups, born and raised at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, will be two of the twenty that will make up the first group to be introduced back to the mainland. These future pioneers need a name, Friday 3 November is your last chance to name these two pups.