The quoll of most interest to Western Australians is the western quoll or chuditch. It's a small and appealing creature with a body length of about 33 cms and its tail adding around another 28 cms. It weighs from 1-2 kgs and it feeds on small vertebrates, insects and freshwater crayfish, as well as carrion if it's available. Mainly active at twilight and dawn it sleeps in hollow logs during the day. It is quick on the ground and also climbs well, making it an efficient hunter.
The chuditch is found only in the jarrah forests of south western Ausralia although it once ranged over 70% of the continent. It was listed as endangered until a successful breeding program was set up at Perth Zoo. Following intensive fox baiting over 300 western quolls have been released and are breeding in the wild. The species is now listed as near threatened in Western Australia and a trial release of adult western quolls has been made in Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges National Park in South Australia. The western quoll is a totemic animal of the local indigenous people so the success of the trial has importance beyond restoring the natural balance by reintroducing western quolls to the area.
You can find out more about quolls here.