MEDIA RELEASE June 2020
The Tasmanian Tiger died out 80 years ago, but their cousin: the poorly-known Tiger Quoll, still survives in small numbers in far North Queensland. A new 4 day tour has been designed to help this threatened Aussie marsupial, by getting Aussies to visit, enjoy the wildlife and contribute to research.
Conservation travel expert Janine Duffy said that interest in helping wildlife is at an all-time high in Australia after this year’s bushfires, and while far North Queensland wasn’t burnt, much of the habitat of the Tiger Quoll in NSW & Victoria was, making the North Queensland population more important than ever.
“Who wouldn’t like to go back in time and help Tasmanian Tigers survive?” asked Ms Duffy.
“We can’t, but we can help one of their cousins, the Tiger Quoll, right now,” she said.
“North Queensland is an important site for Tiger Quolls, but much research needs to be done.”
“Fortunately, the local tourism industry is stepping in to give these beautiful animals a helping hand.”
Ms Duffy said that Echidna Walkabout’s new tour Quolls & Birds in FNQ is run in partnership with local operator FNQ Nature Tours and the not for profit Australian Quoll Conservancy.
Quolls & Birds in FNQ tour contributes the following:
• Donation and volunteering with Australian Quoll Conservancy
• Exclusive access to and critical wildlife surveys on Forever Wild Shared Earth Reserve
• Donation to Tree Roo Rescue & Conservation
• Naturalist and Researcher guided throughout
• 4 days, 3 nights all inclusive at 4 star locally-owned rainforest properties
• 2 locally-operated boat cruises
Ms Duffy said that Cairns, Atherton & the Daintree, Queensland has a lot to offer Australian travellers this September: Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroos, Brolgas, Cassowaries, Wompoo Fruit-doves, Boyd’s Forest Dragons and Saltwater Crocodiles all live there too and will benefit. The towns and people who have lost a whole season’s trade will also appreciate the visitors.
Local tour operator James Boettcher is open for business and looking ahead to a good season for wildlife, conservation and travel.
“September should be a great time to visit FNQ and help our endangered quolls,” said Mr Boettcher
“COVID-19 is giving Aussies an opportunity to get to know our country and our wildlife better,” he said.
The new tour Quolls & Birds in FNQ will run on set dates in September 2020. Tour is 4 days with an optional 5th day, and departs and returns to Cairns. Groups are small: 6 to 10 passengers, and private tours are also available. Bookings and more information here.
More about Tiger Quolls here: https://www.echidnawalkabout.com.au/help-endangered-tiger-quoll/
Read about the mammals of far North Queensland here: https://www.echidnawalkabout.com.au/mammals-far-north-queensland/
And about the glorious Wompoo Fruit-dove here: https://www.echidnawalkabout.com.au/a-rainforest-dove-of-far-north-queensland/
ABOUT ECHIDNA WALKABOUT
Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours is an international award-winning, social enterprise tour operator that offers small group wildlife conservation experiences for travellers who want to see wild animals and help nature at the same time.
ABOUT FNQ NATURE TOURS
FNQ Nature Tours are a small family-owned business with expert guides who are committed to the preservation and support of native flora and fauna through responsible eco-tourism. Offering small group tours, exclusive access to wildlife sites, passionate and knowledgable guiding.
Both companies are members of Australian Wildlife Journeys: Australia’s signature collection of top wildlife specialist tour operators: https://australianwildlifejourneys.com/
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Janine Duffy Ph: 0427 808 747 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
James Boettcher Ph: 0400 732 883 Email: email@example.com