Once Extinct, Tiny Marsupial Returns to Australia
There's some "quoll-ity" conservation efforts going on in Australia.
Tuesday marked the first time Eastern quolls, a species of small Australian marsupial, have been returned to the wild. Thanks to a reintroduction program, there are now about 20 of the critters running around Booderee National Park on the south coast of New South Wales. (Read: "Australia Leads in Extinction Rates Worldwide")
The animals are about to enter their first year of breeding, and conservationists hope their reintroduction will help Eastern quoll populations reestablish themselves. Right now, the researchers are trying to figure out what type of habitat the species prefers, and if Booderee's invasive fox control programs have been enough to stem the predators thus far.
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