Extraordinary efforts to stem the decline of the northern quoll across the Top End as cane toads advanced westward across the continent have been well documented in recent years. A similar crash in populations occurred on Cape York Peninsula in the 1980’s. Our team recently located a population of the species near Weipa and continues to monitor this population and conduct surveys to locate other populations of the species using innovative low impact techniques involving motion sensor cameras. A radio tracking study of the Weipa population conducted on behalf of our client revealed different habitat utilisation and more extensive movement patterns to populations of this species elsewhere in northern Australia. Results of our work on northern quolls is now informing on ground management of the Weipa population.
Northern Quoll inspecting a camera bait station