Endangered Species Spotlight #1

(Dasyurus maculatus - meaning dasy-hairy, urus-tailed, maculatus-large spotted). The spotted Quoll would once have been an abundant animal, living along most of the east coast of Australia and Tasmania. They're the largest carnivorous marsupial on the Australian mainland at up to 3.5kg for males and 1.8lg for females. Their major threats have been firstly, destruction of wetter forest habitats (with over 600 mm of rainfall per year) since European settlement, motor collisions and largely poisoning by 1080 fox baits which they unfortunately consume.