Devil and quoll births raise hopes

Baby quolls are among the latest additions to the Trowunna Wildlife Park. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Baby quolls are among the latest additions to the Trowunna Wildlife Park. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

ELEVEN Tasmanian devil joeys and nine eastern quolls are the latest additions to the Trowunna Wildlife Park, following successful births earlier this month.

Conservationists at the park have praised reproduction, with both species struggling with low numbers across the country.

``The continued success of Trowunna's Conservation Breeding Programs is great news for two iconic Tasmanian species whose populations are both in decline,'' park manager Emily Duggan said.

``The park continues to play an important role as a key stakeholder, and major contributor, under the insurance breeding population for the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, with this year's 11 new joeys being the 15th generation of devils bred at Trowunna.''

Ms Duggan said scientists had requested that eastern quolls also become a protected species, but believes the recent nine births were great for future conservation.

``The successful breeding of nine eastern quolls is also a significant conservation coup, with recent calls by scientists to protect the species, with populations extinct on the mainland and now believed also to be in dramatic decline across Tasmania,'' she said.

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