Quoll searches for a name

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A NEW face is on dis­play at the Wildlife habi­tat and the friendly staff at the Habi­tat are call­ing for an­i­mal lovers to help them choose a name for their furry friend.

The com­pe­ti­tion to name the spot­ted-tail quoll gives an­i­mal lovers a chance to be a part of the an­i­mal park.

“We are look­ing for names that are creative,” wildlife team leader, Kather­ine Ward­haugh said.

“You don’t have to tell us, but per­haps the rea­son for why you have cho­sen the name might sup­port its choice.”

All en­tries will be con­sid­ered, how­ever the win­ning name will be se­lected based on orig­i­nal­ity, and con­nec­tion to the Wildlife Habi­tat.

“The Habi­tat is home to a va­ri­ety of threat­ened and en­dan­gered species, in­clud­ing the south­ern cas­sowary, the Lumholtz tree kan­ga­roo and of course the spot­ted tail quoll,” Kather­ine said.

Although the quoll may ap­pear cute and cud­dly they have very sharp teeth and claws, be­ing Australia’s only mar­su­pial car­ni­vores, they dis­play soli­tary and noc­tur­nal be­hav­iour.

“They are some­what of an elu­sive an­i­mal, and are lo­cally found from Cook­town down to Townsville, favour­ing dense trop­i­cal veg­e­ta­tion, they sur­vive in this fairly small area due to it’s pres­ence as a pro­tected area,” Kather­ine said.

To be in with a chance to name the res­i­dent spot­ted tail qoull, and ex­plore the Wildlife Habi­tat park, head over to the habi­tat’s face­book page, hit ’like’ and en­ter the fun com­pe­ti­tion.

The the win­ning en­try re­ceiv­ing a fam­ily pass for two adults and two chil­dren to en­joy their cel­e­brated “break­fast with the birds” or “lunch with the lori­keets”.

Photo by DONNA-MARIE MILNE

Look­ing for a name: Wildlife’s Habi­tat spot­ted quoll

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