This is not a quoll but it is a dasyuromorph. It is a numbat, a termite-scoffing predator with a pouch now confined to small pockets of the south-west of Australia for the usual reasons - habitat loss and introduced species which predate on it.
Numbats are the faunal emblem of Western Australia but unlike the faunal emblems of the entire country they’re in no danger of being eaten on a pizza.
This is not a quoll but it is a marsupial. It is a southern hairy nosed wombat, the only species of wombat present in Western Australia and, even then, it’s only in the extreme south-east and not in the south-west bit where i live.
At the wombat enclosure i encountered a talkative lady from New Zealand who asked if Australia would be kind enough to take back all the possums in NZ at the moment. (They are an introduced pest species over there but a protected native species over here.) I suggested if they could convince the UK to repatriate all the bloody foxes and rabbits in Australia back to their country of origin we might have a deal.
On reflection, perhaps that was a bit sarcastic.
There was a giant carnivorous prehistoric relative of the wombat called the thylacoleo. We prefer to call it the nombat.
This is a chuditch or western quoll. This chuditch lived at Caversham Wildlife Park but passed away of old age not so long ago.
Since every picture of a chuditch i’ve posted since this photoblog began has been in black and white, i thought it was time i screencapped this video from 28 February 2011 to remind everyone that this is how they’re coloured in normal daylight as opposed to the heat lamps of Perth Zoo’s nocturnal house.
This is a northern quoll. At Perth Zoo, this is the Quoll With No Name. He’s a male, about 18 months old.
The keeper told me that quolls can live for up to four and a half years in captivity. Then we picked out all the mistakes on the northern quoll’s information panel. There were a few of them:
- Northern quolls aren’t the only quoll species with no spots on their tail. Spotted-tailed quolls are the only species of quoll with spots on their tail.
- The zoological name for the northern quoll is not Dasyrus hallactus, it’s Dasyurus hallucatus
- Whether it’s the smelliest and most aggressive quoll or not, it’s not polite to say so.
They’ve since fixed the information panel, except the smelly and aggressive bit.
This is not a quoll but it is a marsupial. It is a red kangaroo going for a walk. With its tail. Yes.
This is a chuditch or western quoll. It is Charlie from Perth Zoo.
Perth Zoo rearranged and re-lit Charlie’s enclosure to make it easier to take good photos of him. Here are the three best snaps from a recent visit.
By the way: if you can see this, i’m almost on holiday for two weeks.
This is not a quoll but it is a marsupial. It is a tammar wallaby. Tammar wallabies are the model organism for marsupials due to being easy to breed and keep.
This is not a quoll but it is a marsupial. It is a young bilby that was out exploring in the bilby enclosure. It was very cute.
In Australia we have chocolate bilbies at Easter as well as chocolate bunnies, because bunnies have been not a good thing over here, ecologically speaking.
This is not a quoll but it is a dasyuromorph. It is a fat-tailed dunnart, a tiny mouse-like marsupial with huge eyes. This creature stores fat in its tail as an energy source, hence its name.
Like many dasyuromorphs, they are comparatively short-lived - their average lifespan is less than two years.
This is not a quoll. This is a western brush wallaby. Apparently it too had a prior pressing engagement.
Apparently there was a wallaby party at Peel Zoo that day. Or, more likely, wallabies are skittish and readily flee my towering beardy presence.