Logan West’s conservation reserves are potentially housing southeast Queensland’s last surviving quoll population, says Wildlife Queensland.
The area, from Park Ridge South to Greenbank, is believed to have a remnant population of the carnivorous cat-like marsupial, which has all but disappeared due to urbanisation and development.
Wildlife Queensland project officer Paul Revie says there are grave fears for quoll communities around Park Ridge, urging the local community to report any sightings.
“It is important that every sighting is reported and that the sighting is investigated,” Mr Revie said.
“In the Park Ridge area, they’re in a lot of trouble.
Our guess is that there’s only a handful left.”
Mr Revie said part of the problem is there is no baseline data to measure how much quoll numbers have declined.
He said quolls also do not have the profile of other iconic Australian marsupials like koalas or kangaroos.
“Quolls are the kind of marsupial that tend to fly under the radar. Sometimes when I tell people I research quolls they have no idea what I’m talking about. They think I’m either saying ‘quails’ or I can’t say koala properly.
“I would say 50-percent of the population have no idea what a quoll is,” he said.
Surveys of private properties and conservation reserves in Logan West in 2019 and 2020 have given researchers some hope, with a Logan City Council-funded survey identifying a quoll dropping.
“We used camera traps at several locations. Although we didn’t see any quolls, we are still hopeful there are some in the community.”
Mr Revie said quolls are easily identified because of their unique markings.
“Quolls are an incredibly distinctive animal. They have a brownish, orange coat and feature distinctive white spots.”