Halls Gap Zoo welcomes baby tiger quolls

HALLS Gap Zoo has welcomed two new furry friends, with a pair of tiger quolls born.

Senior keeper Brit Hide said the tiger quolls were born on July 1, but they only emerged from their mother’s pouch a few weeks ago.

“They opened their eyes about two weeks ago, so now they are starting to explore a bit more,” she said.

“They live in nesting boxes but they are starting to venture out a bit.

“They are very sweet.”

There is one male tiger quoll named Dusty, after Richmond Football Club star Dustin Martin, along with a female quoll named Yara.

Ms Hide said the tiger quoll was a threatened species, so it was exciting to have them breed successfully.

“It’s always great when our native species breed,” she said.

“This species is a little closer to home too because we used to have tiger quolls in the Grampians but we don’t anymore – although there has been a few sightings in the past few years.”

Ms Hide said at the moment, the tiger quolls weren’t on display at the zoo.

The story Halls Gap Zoo welcomes two new furry babies first appeared on The Ararat Advertiser.

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