PARKS VICTORIA rangers have filmed a tiger quoll in the Otways for the first time in more than 20 years.
Rangers set up remote cameras which captured rare footage of a tiger quoll in the Great Otway National Park.
A family camping in the Cape Otway area and a Geelong couple staying at Lorne reported seeing a tiger quoll in 2012 but the footage is the first confirmed sighting in the Otways since the late ‘80s.
The sighting has excited Cape Otway conservationists as they continue their work to protect the endangered species.
Cape Otway Conservation Ecology Centre’s Lizzie Corke said the sighting was an exciting development in the fight to save the small nocturnal mammals.
“We heard about it a fortnight ago and it’s certainly very exciting,” she said.
“The evidence is the thing that’s important; the more evidence we can gather about where the quolls are surviving, the more conservation efforts can be targeted in those areas.
“The tiger quolls are certainly in trouble and it’s very encouraging that they are trying hard to hang on.”
Parks Victoria scientists and rangers have set up 40 remote cameras in two locations within the Great Otway National Park since 2009.
One of the locations had a fox-baiting program to help encourage tiger quoll population growth.
Ms Corke said the baiting program was also an important part of protecting endangered species like the tiger quoll.
“Feral predators have a big impact upon all small mammals including the tiger quoll,” she said.
“Continuing to keep those efforts going is very important for the future of not only the quolls but all endangered species.”
Member for Polwarth Terry Mulder said the sighting showed the importance of the conservation program.
“The analysis of this research will give Victoria a great insight into the park’s ecology and provide valuable information about how we continue to best manage such an important and healthy habitat and protect these species in the future,” Mr Mulder said.