Health Assessment and translocation of Long-nosed Potoroo, Southern Brown Bandicoots and Eastern Quolls

At least 36 Long-nosed Potoroos will be translocated over three years into Booderee NP following veterinary evaluation and health assessment provided by the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health at Taronga. It has been more than 100 years since Long-nosed Potoroos roamed Booderee NP. Potoroos have been consistently trapped in Booderee NP after their release last year. All female potoroos, but one, had pouch young which is a promising result.

Following the successful translocation of potoroos, Parks Australia has begun the translocation of Southern Brown Bandicoots into Booderee NP. Eleven bandicoots were trapped and deemed fit for translocation. Transmitters were taped to the bandicoots’ tails so that the animals could be tracked for up to 30 days post-transfer. Each of the animals seems to be settling in at Booderee so far post release as monitoring via camera and cage traps has confirmed the persistence of Long-nosed Potoroo and Southern Brown Bandicoots.

During early 2018, 20 quolls were flown from Tasmania to Jervis Bay, NSW, and released into Booderee National Park. Each of the animals was fitted with GPS/VHF collars with mortality signalling.