Crunchy’s birthday occasion to celebrate conservation – Bundaberg Now

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Bite into the quoll at Alexandra Park Zoo

Crunchy the spotted-tailed quoll celebrated its third birthday at the Alexandra Park Zoo this week, with the unique opportunity to see the native animal providing even more reason to celebrate.

The status of the quoll species in Queensland changed from Vulnerable to Endangered under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) on April 30, 2021, making Crunchy a special addition to the zoo.

Bundaberg Regional Council Parks and Gardens Portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said it was fantastic to celebrate Crunchy’s birthday and to have the opportunity to recognize the great work that the zoo made to help with the conservation of quolls.

“It’s great to celebrate Crunchy’s birthday as we are proud to be able to help raise awareness and educate around this endangered species,” said Cr Honor.

“The quoll is a fantastic addition to Alexandra Park Zoo and I encourage everyone to come visit Crunchy.

“This is a unique opportunity to see these solitary animals up close and watch them bask in the sun, feed or climb on their log.”

Quoll at Alexandra Park Zoo

Crunchy came to the Devils @ Cradle Zoo, a wildlife conservation facility in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, in 2019 and has since made Bundaberg his home.

Most parts of the country were once inhabited by at least one species of quoll before they were threatened with extinction, with the creatures among the first native animals to be described by European scientists.

The spotted-tailed quoll is the largest marsupial carnivore living on the Australian mainland and, as the name suggests, is the only quoll of the four species to have a spotted tail.

Alexandra Park Zoo is committed to maintaining a diversity of species, with programs in place to help provide education on other endangered species such as the cotton-headed tamarin monkeys.

Alexandra Park Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, located on Quay St, Bundaberg West. Entrance to the zoo is free.

For more information on how you can help with the conservation of quoll species and to report quoll sightings, visit the website of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland.

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