Luckily for the Tiger quolls at Halls Gap Zoo it has not been a 37 year wait for victory. Zoo owner, Greg Culell, is a loyal Richmond Tigers supporter. When the zoo was fortunate enough to have twin Tiger quolls born in July, of course one was named Dusty after Dustin Martin.
The twins, a boy and a girl (named Yara), were born to first time mother Amari and father Quigley 2. They are the largest carnivorous marsupial on Australia’s mainland and in 2013 were spotted in the surrounding Grampians for the first time in 140 years. Quolls have a short life span so it was imperative to utilise Amari’s genetics as soon as possible. Young Amari did not give much away during breeding introductions. Keepers had almost given up hope when finally the long-awaited “clucking” was heard one afternoon! Sadly, father Quigley 2 has since passed away of age related health issues.
In Victoria there has been much excitement in the lead up to AFL grand final day. Dusty the Tiger quoll was not allowed to miss his opportunity to support his team. You could say that it’s two wins for Halls Gap Zoo.
Naline Rose Pirani, Head Keeper, Halls Gap Zoo