Launch of Quentin the Quoll campaign on Threatened Species Day 2014
Not a cute koala or well-known wombat? Then you’re on the threatened species register. New campaign raises profile of the little-known, at risk of extinction, Australian Tiger Quoll.
With National Threatened Species Day on Sunday Sept 7th, The Nature Conservation Trust of NSW (NCT) is launching its new ‘Who Is Quentin?’ campaign to raise awareness of the plight of the Australian Tiger Quoll. Once widespread across Australia, the tiger quoll has disappeared from many areas due to habitat destruction and feral animals. Yet its biggest threat is its invisibility as a species to many Australians. While most people are able to name and identify a koala, wombat or Tasmanian devil, the quoll is far less likely to be recognised.
The NCT ‘Who Is Quentin?’ campaign aims to raise $100,000 toward the protection of quoll habitat on private land and is focused on raising community awareness in order to achieve good conservation outcomes.
NCT Chief Executive Officer, Gary Wells, says many Aussies do not know what a tiger quoll is, which makes it harder to protect.
“We want to make the quoll visible,” Mr Wells said “The fact that many people don’t know what a tiger quoll is adds to the significant challenges this species faces in terms of its long-term survival.
‘Who Is Quentin?’ focuses around campaign mascot, Quentin the Quoll as a fun and engaging way for kids and adults to understand more about one of the lesser known but equally important animals in the Australian landscape. As a top order predator, the quoll plays an essential role in regulating animal populations and maintaining healthy functioning ecosystems.
Visit www.whoisquentin.com.au to Adopt a Quoll - includes a quoll soft toy, a personalised adoption certificate, tiger quoll fact sheet, and stickers; Make a donation; or Buy a Quentin the Quoll t-shirt, designed by 17 year old Burrumbuttock resident and high school student, Crystal Kirk, who won the NCT ‘Design a Quoll’ competition.
Little known quoll facts:
- The only Australian animal to have spots on its tail
- About the size of a domestic cat, but much shorter legs and a more pointed face
- Quolls sleep during the day and hunt at night.
- Australia’s second largest carnivorous marsupial
- Highly mobile, quolls spend their waking hours travelling many kilometres, searching for mates, fighting with other quolls and eating everything in their path.
“Not only will the campaign raise money to protect remaining areas of habitat, it will create awareness of the quoll and how private land conservation plays an important role in preventing further decline. Private land conservation is a very effective method of ensuring that the tiger quoll prevails in New South Wales and by protecting areas of habitat under a Conservation Agreement landholders can make a significant difference not just for quolls but a whole ecosystem of flora and fauna that supports our natural heritage,” added Mr. Wells
The tiger quoll has disappeared from many parts of New South Wales as a result of land clearing and development. Habitat loss and modification across the landscape and introduced predators such as foxes has seen its number decline markedly.
For more information on the Quoll Campaign visit www.whoisquentin.com.au.