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Glenella Eco Park ”
Doing Their Bit For Conservation.
From their property at Howard Springs in the Northern Territory , Ian, Trish and their son Steve run “ Glenella Park ,” a breeding facility for native Australian mammals, birds and reptiles. The furry, scaly and feathered residents include Sugar and Squirrel Gliders, Potoroos, Eclectus Parrots, Corellas, Major Mitchell Cockatoos, Pythons, Lizards, File Snakes, Monitors, Geckos, Long Neck Turtles and Magnificent Tree Frogs to name just a few. Glenella Park is also the only captive breeding program of the critically endangered Northern Quoll currently in existence, anywhere in the world.
The Northern Quoll (Dasyurus Hallucatus) which was once wide spread from the east coast of North Queensland through to the Kimberleys, has been systematically wiped out as the introduce cane toad moves across Australia. The first toads have recently been seen here in the Darwin rural area. This means that within twelve to eighteen months, the local wild population of quolls well have also disappeared.
Trish and Ian bred fifty-four baby quolls last season (June/July ‘04) and have sent the majority of the young adults out to various zoos and wildlife parks all over Australia . The aim is to have 200 viable breeding pairs of quolls in captivity at various zoos etc so that the gene pool can be maintained and hopefully one day the quoll can be released back into the wild.

This season (June/July ’05), they hope to increase the number of young born at “ Glenella Park ” and will soon commence trapping wild males and females locally. As the cane toad advances across the Northern Territory towards the Western Australian border, Ian and Trish will be forced to travel as far a field as the Kimberleys to add to future years breeding stock. New blood lines must be added yearly if they are to guard against their animals becoming genetically impoverished.

The entire operation of “Glenella” and the breeding program is self-funded, being a labour of love for Trish and Ian, as well as a long-term commitment (at least a 20 year program) to the continued existence of the Northern Quoll .
When funds allow, Ian, Trish and Steve hope to increase their collection of mammals, birds, monitors/lizards and snakes that are endangered by the cane toad and run multiple breeding programs. In this way Glenella Park is helping to ensure future generations of Australians and overseas visitors to Australia can enjoy our country’s unique and wonderful native fauna.
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