Chuditch

Cute and cuddly but with a bit of a bite. Before European settlement, the Western Quoll, also known as Chuditch roamed across 70 per cent of Australia.

Now it's a threatened species, surviving only in a small pocket of WA. But finally, they're fighting back. "They've had a bit of a bounce back in the last 20 years. And so we're fortunate enough that we can now use those good populations to translocate to other places that they used to be, like other areas of Western Australia and South Australia." Research scientist Judy Dunlop from the WA department of parks and wildlife has been preparing the Quolls for their new home across the Nullarbor.

While awaiting their flight from Perth, the hungry marsupials took out a room at the "Chuditch hotel". When the Quoll express touched down in the flinders ranges yesterday, its 39 little passengers after a quick check-up were ready to head back into the wild. These Quolls will join a small colony that was imported last year; many of those have survived and started breeding. Sixty baby Quolls have been confirmed. SA environment minister Ian Hunter says this is continues the regeneration of native marsupials to South Australia.

The state government has partnered with fame, the foundation for Australia's most endangered species to bring this about, Fame CEO Cheryl Hill. "The sad fact is that work to save Australian biodiversity in threatened species has not been working over the last 4 decades everybody acknowledges that. One group can't save things, Fame can't help on our own, and we need the help from every organisation and every individual in the country. I know that we can do it." Researchers will be keeping a close eye on the quolls, to make sure they adjust to their new home.

And if you'd like to donate to help save the Chuditch, visit foundation for Australia's most endangered species: www.fame.org.au