Alberto Vale

Alberto Vale
Australian Quoll Conservancy

Citizen Scientist

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Introduction
Interests rainforest ecology, filming, writing, exploring unique ecosystems and the extraordinary diversity of fauna. My background in documentary production allows me to work with an array of specialised filming equipment adapting them to my needs to achieve some remarkable scenes. Recently involved with projects in Australia with Terrain NRM and WTMA World Heritage Family Animation" and "Explore the secret lives of Tropical North Queensland's Endangered Species. Currently acting in the capacity of President of the Australian Quoll Conservancy Inc and managing "Citizen Science Projects" on Spotted-tailed Quoll plausible defunct distribution ranges of the species in Victoria and North Queensland.

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Determination of gender and pouch development of terrestrial marsupial species, including Quolls, has been difficult to obtain due to the cryptic behaviour of the majority of these species. Until recently this critical information has been determined using stressful and invasive methods of cage trapping and handling animals, often including sedatio...
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Traditional data collection of gender and pouch young of mammal species, like the Quolls, has been achieved by using the stressful and invasive method of cage trapping and handling animals, often including sedation. Recent studies (de Bondi, White, Stevens and Cooke, 2010) showed that camera trapping is now often more cost effective and more useful...
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The northern Spotted-tailed Quoll Dasyurus maculatus gracilis (nSTQ’s) is found only in the wet tropics of North Queensland (Nth Qld). Population and distribution studies (Burnett 2001) provided significant evidence of the decline of the nSTQ’s in the region. Seventeen years later a current and more advanced individual study on the population and d...
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All four Australian species of Quolls have what is commonly known as communal latrines (animal toilet) sites. These defaecation sites have a variety of locations ranging from open bushland sites to rainforest understory rockeries, forestry roads, trails and even outside human erected restrooms at Jenolan Caves Road, 33° 49.154'S 150° 1.487'E [Fig....
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Since the 1980s, when smart scales were patented by Richard Loshbough and Edward Pryor using the same principles as early spring scales to measure weight. Autonomous remote monitoring weighing systems have been regularly used by zoos and researchers as a non-invasive method while luring animals through food rewards to a digital scale. Non-invasive...
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Traditional data collection relating to the ecology and reproductive biology of marsupials has been principally achieved by using sometimes stressful and otherwise invasive methods, such as live-capture through entrapment. This can sometimes extend to sedation and physical restraint of animals, which may be problematic when young are being carried...
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The Australian Quoll Conservancy Inc (AQC) performed a long-term study between 2015 and 2021 to analyse the variable breeding successes of the spotted-tailed quoll Dasyurus maculatus gracilis (DMG) within Danbulla National Park (DNP) in North Queensland. The DNP was chosen due to recreational users easy and constant access to this area, including t...
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The northern subspecies of the Spotted-tailed Quoll, Dasyurus maculatus gracilis, is confined to rainforests and adjacent habitats in Queensland’s Wet Tropics, where it was estimated to number 540 individuals and to be in on-going decline. Using motion-sensor cameras equipped with a flash and set with chicken baits, we surveyed eight rainforest are...

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Australian Quoll Conservancy Victorian Quoll “Survey” project, is aimed to establish a reliable and continuous survey of the Spotted-tailed Quoll species population numbers and establish their current distribution colonies in the state of Victoria, as well as to support a greater awareness of the species while creating educational events with community partners.
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This project aims to test a novel non-invasive weighing system to allow measurement of body weights of wild Spotted-Tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus gracilis). The system should gather valuable data on any seasonal body weight changes in wild northern Spotted-tailed Quolls (D. maculatus gracilis) and allow weight comparisons between these and published weights of the southern subspecies (D. maculatus maculatus) from captive and wild populations.