Meet Steve Haslam, wildlife carer at the Quoll Headquarters

Steve Haslam established Quoll Headquarters, a 400-acre Wildlife Land Trust sanctuary north of Tenterfield, New South Wales, more than 20 years ago after a long search for land to protect the spotted-tailed quoll.

“In the decades since securing this land, I’ve not only been managing and maintaining the habitat but making sure it becomes a sanctuary of significance for generations to come.” Steve Haslam

With the quoll in decline throughout Australia, it became obvious to Steve that more intervention was needed to increase the level of protection of the quoll population within the sanctuary. After seeking much advice and help from leading ecological experts, the consensus was to construct a ‘feral-proof’ fence around the entire property.

But, just as the fence plan was finalised, the sanctuary was devastated by the fires that tore through northern NSW. The fire was far more intense than has ever been recorded in the area and put the local quoll population at peril.

After the devastating fires, Steve contacted HSI Australia for assistance to fast track the fence project.  With the support of people like you, we were able to respond to have an immediate positive impact. 

“I can’t thank HSI’s generous supporters enough for making this happen.” Steve Haslam

(Dasyurus maculatus means ‘hairy tail’)

  • One of four species found only in Australia; there are only six quoll species in the world.
  • Endemic to eastern Australia from north-eastern Queensland to Tasmania.
  • Nocturnal hunters who will prey on possums, rabbits, birds and even small.
  • Population has declined between 50–90% since European colonisation.
  • Threatened by habitat loss, modification and fragmentation, timber harvesting, poison baiting, competition and predation from introduced carnivores, deliberate killing, road mortality, bushfire and prescribed burning, poisoning by cane toads, and climate change.
  • Mainland species listed as Endangered and Tasmania species listed as Vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Source: National Recovery Plan for the Spotted-tailed Quoll, Victorian Dept. of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, 2016.