An investigation on the spotted-tailed Quoll secretive and short life span of three years in their remote and extremely isolated populations amongst the cloud forests of the
North Queensland Wet Tropics.
Established in August 2014, The Australian Quoll Conservancy is dedicated to the conservation of all four of Australia’s Quoll Species, particularly the race “gracilis” of the spotted-tailed quoll in North QLD. The AQC main office based in Cairns with auxiliary species recovery units located in Daintree, Atherton Tablelands, Innisfail in Nth QLD and East Gippsland Victoria.
AQC is working together with National Parks and the Australian Government to continue the National Recovery Plan for the Spotted-tailed Quoll (a 2016 Recovery Plan prepared under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999). The AQC as part of this plan has established the first "Species Recovery Team" in North Queensland in 2015 and 2018 in Melbourne Victoria.
Where possible, AQC will seek funding opportunities to support the long-term field work and recover some costs through Government Grant Programs. However our organisation survives by public donations through philanthropic individuals and businesses.HELP
The AQC is a registered not-for-profit organisation with status DGR Item 1
Endorsed and highly supported. Very impressed with the non-invasive pouch monitoring and sex determination process that has been developed. Much, much better than the old days.
Northern Region - QPWS
This was an amazing opportunity. I feel very honoured to have been able to be a part of this experience. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see up close and personal the work this exceptional man does with very little support, both academically and financially. J Mitchell
Great work Alberto. AQC as usual leading the way with the most advanced research techniques and getting outstanding results and information across the country largely done with little help and all off your own bat. You guys deserve the highest praise. The quolls are lucky to have you in their side. L Jackson
Bravo AQC huge news, and well done Dean! So many years and he's finally found evidence of a quoll population in that part of VIC! J Jules
AQC strives to advocate for the conservation of Quolls, build, apply and maintain robust citizen science programs and form constructive action-based partnerships.
Through our citizen science programs AQC develops and promotes sustainable, non-invasive
monitoring methodologies that support best practice animal welfare outcomes that are facilitating
individual identification, sexing, breeding status, breeding successes and automated weighing.
proven methods, along with AQC's dedicated volunteer workforce, will prove to be an invaluable
resource to investigate the current status of the Spotted-tailed Quoll populations.
Many values of long-term research and monitoring is highlighted by both its management-relevance and policy-relevance, ensuring that long-term data are fundamental planks in initiatives like Species Recovery Plans.
AQC is well suited to conduct long-term ecological research, as we are free from the perverse aspects of existing science culture that impede the maintenance of long-term studies.
Non-invasive principles for supporting and safeguarding the wellbeing of animals used for scientific purposes in terms of the animal’s lifetime experience and animal’s quality of life, which encompasses the diverse ways an animal may perceive and respond to their circumstances, ranging from a positive state of wellbeing to a negative state of distress.
Monitoring data on population status and trends with means that will allow recovery programs that can measure the change in species population or statusprioritise activities to achieve the greatest conservation outcomes
Conservation partner roles and responsibilities in threatened species recovery and to prioritise activities to achieve the greatest conservation outcomes
Investigate the population dynamics and successful timing and rates of reproduction of spotted-tailed quoll, their abundance, density and survival.
AQC “Species Recovery Unit” has grouped several professionals, business owners and passionate quoll individuals in Victoria. Victorian populations of the species are known to be still in existence around East Gipsland (the upper Snowy River Valley and tributaries, which is probably the stronghold for the species in Victoria.