The last stand: Northern Quoll


With Cane Toads (Bufo marinus) inexorably marching through northern Australia, the Pilbara population of Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), isolated by desert, may just be the final stronghold for this enigmatic marsupial. The quolls are abundant in some areas of the Pilbara but, with mining accelerating irreversible habitat loss, for how long?

Port Hedland, Western Australia

Nikon D300, Tamron 90mm f2.8 SP Di Macro lens, 1/250, f16, ISO 160; two Nikon slave flashes; handheld

Status: The Northern Quoll is listed as Endangered.

by Henry Cook, Western Australia