This is a chuditch or western quoll. His name, as you’re probably all very much aware, is Charlie.
That’s about all the pictures i’ll be posting for now. Given it’s not the first time i’ve said that, i suspect you haven’t seen the last of me yet. Life is intervening. It happens.
I’d love to be back posting more images later in the year and if all goes according to plan, that’s when i’ll pop up again.
Thanks again to all of you for your interest in Australian animals. If you’re looking to actually contribute to the welfare of Australian native animals, check out Bush Heritage Australia and Nature Conservancy in Australia.
Brian Chambers has a fantastic blog about wildlife research in the Perth area which contains colour pictures of chuditches and all. When it comes down to it, i’m just a bloke who goes to zoos - Brian is the real deal.
If you’re in the Perth area, stop in at Perth Zoo, Caversham Wildlife Park, Armadale Reptile Park and Peel Zoo to meet some of the subjects of these photographs.
My only regret is not getting a decent photograph of an eastern quoll. Oh well. Maybe in the spring…
This is a quenda or southern brown bandicoot. They have very long noses and they’re a bit bitey.
This is not a quoll. It is a ghost bat. I doubt this photo will be as popular as the other one.
This is not a quoll but it is a dasyuromorph. This is a numbat, the faunal symbol of Western Australia.
Today is Western Australia Day today, the former commemoration of when Captain Stirling’s mob showed up at Derbal Yerrigan in 1829 and took the place over from the Wadjak Noongar clan that had lived there for at least 43,000 years prior. Someone rightly thought that was all a bit triumphalistic, so now it’s a celebration of the place we Sandgropers live in, looking to the future, all that sort of thing.
Anyway. Thanks to a few pitiless colonial bastards and the State Government, i get the day off. I’ll probably be staying at home watching cartoons and doing my laundry.
This is not a quoll but it is a dasyurid. It is a dibbler, a small and somewhat excitable predatory marsupial from the south-west of Australia.
This one spends a lot of time on his branch until it’s eating time. He has a sweet little pointy face.
This is not a quoll. It is an estuarine crocodile called Simmo.
Saltwater crocodiles are the closest thing Australia has to bears.
This is not a quoll. It is a jabiru. I really dig its iridescent head.
This is not a quoll but it is a dasyurid which makes it not a bloody mouse either. It’s a red-tailed phascogale, a mouse-sized marsupial predator and not a mouse. Mouse-sized. It’s like a little miniature quoll or something, definitely not a mouse. Ever.