Working to protect a rare, endangered tiger quoll usually involves work in the field, habitat restorations and captive breeding project, but helping out the endangered tiger quoll can also mean drinking a beer — or at least buying one.
Our Prickly Moses Spotted Ale is a special brew in a spotted-themed partnership between Otway Brewing and the Otway Conservation Centre. It’s a golden ale, an easy sessional drinking beer and 100% of the profits of this beer go to the Conservation Ecology Centre. Since 2013, nearly $150,000 has been donated to support conservation and research programs across the Otways.
The partnership was the idea of Andrew Noseda, CEO of Otway Brewing, “The partnership was a natural step for the company. We wanted to support the Conservation Ecology Centre because we are committed to the region, our beautiful natural environment and our community. Through the creation of this premium boutique beer, ‘Spotted Ale’, we are making a meaningful contribution to keeping Tiger Quolls safe in the Otways and beyond.”
Tiger Quolls are the largest remaining marsupial predators on the Australian mainland but their numbers are in serious decline. Though the Otways was traditionally a stronghold for these animals, there was no confirmed evidence of Tiger Quolls in the region for nearly a decade. That was until scientists at the Conservation Ecology Centre rediscovered the elusive species through DNA analysis. Since then there have been five pieces of evidence of quolls from different parts of the Otways.
Shayne Neal from Conservation Ecology Centre says, “When Otway Brewing came to us with the idea of partnering up and developing a beer there was a really amazing opportunity to put a tiger quoll on a beer bottle and raise the awareness of an animal that no one seems to know about. And raising awareness it did!”
The community has really got behind the quoll research and there is a much greater awareness around the quolls of the Otways now compared to five years ago. But whilst the quolls make a great mascot, the quoll research is just the beginning.
“The presence of the quoll in the Otways is really just an indicator of a healthy ecosystem,” according to Conservation Ecology Centre Ecologist Mark le Pla. Through the Otways Threatened Species Network, the Conservation Ecology Centre has now expanded their field studies to all the threatened species in the Otways, from the Tiger Quoll and Long-nosed Potoroo, to the lesser known species such as Tall Astelia and the Swamp Antechinus.
It’s a win-win situation, your next pint could be contributing to the health of your local ecosystem—so drink up, and toast the tiger quolls that, in a small way, you’re helping to save one sip at the time.
Conservation Ecology Centre, Cape Otway
Prickly Moses Handcrafted Beer, Otway Estate Winery & Brewery, Barongarook
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