New home for bandicoots

Conservation co-ordinator Craig Olegnik prepares to release a quenda.
Conservation co-ordinator Craig Olegnik prepares to release a quenda.

The quenda, also known as the southern brown bandicoot, a male and a female, were released into the Dianella Regional Open Space on Thursday by DEC officers and City of Stirling representatives, including Mayor David Boothman.

Geoff Barrett, DEC regional ecologist for the Swan Region, said the release was part of a program that took place every year.

‘Every year, DEC relocates about 60 quenda,’ he said.

‘They’re quenda that are looking for a home because development has cleared their habitat or because they are becoming quite common in one area and we need to move them somewhere else.

‘In the location we’ve identified in Dianella we believe there are one or two quenda already there, so it’s a population that is in need of replenishment and in need of more animals.’

The quenda is not an endangered species but it is susceptible to feral cats.