QUOLL-ity new arrivals!

Humfrey sunning himself at Potoroo Palace.

Humfrey sunning himself at Potoroo Palace.

Quolls Humfrey, Christina and Maisie have arrived this week at Potoroo Palace.

Humfrey can be seen by visitors curled up in his small house on the ground, or sunning himself on top of his bark shelter.

Christina and Maisie prefer their tree houses, but can still be seen sometimes looking out with inquisitive pink noses.

Chris Humfrey (who may be familiar to some people from his television program featuring his Wild Action Zoo) gave  the quolls to Potoroo Palace  it has given him  four potoroos as part of an exchange agreement.

They are Spotted-tailed Quolls, which only live for three to five years in the wild. There are not many left.

A few have been seen in this area over the past 20 years.

A Quoll is a Dasyurid, a carnivorous marsupial. Other Dasyurids are: Thylacine (hunted to extinction early last century), Tasmanian Devil, Phascogale, Numbat, Antechinus, Dibbler, Ningaui, Mulgara, Kaluta, Planigale, Kowari, Kultarr and Dunnart.

In the past, when there were more quolls around, sometimes one would be shot for killing a chicken. But unlike foxes and cats who kill many at a time, and who like to take live prey, a quoll will only kill what it wants to eat and is happy to feast on an animal which is already dead and even decomposing.

The quolls have to be kept separately in captivity because their territorial nature could mean that, in a confined situation, they could kill each other.

But staff are listening for Christina to make clicking noises, which will show that she would like to mate. If that happens, it will be safe to open the door between her enclosure and Humfrey's... 

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