Quenda Search Project

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*Quenda Project Update*

Thank you to everyone who took the time to send information, photos, and anecdotes about quenda sightings. The project officially closed on 30 June. There were so many of you who contributed. It was heartening to see how interested the local community is about these special creatures. We will share findings over the next few months as they are collated from the hundreds of emails received! The Quenda Search Team is still interested to know about anything unusual or interesting that you might see around quenda - email backyard.bandicoot.perth@gmail.com.

About the Quenda Search Project

Shire of Mundaring Libraries is partnering in the Quenda Search Community Citizen Science Project. The Project aims to find out where quenda, the bandicoot species found in South West WA, live in the Shire of Mundaring. The Quenda Search Project team is seeking information about where and when quenda are seen. If you see a quenda in your neighbourhood, we want to know!

How do I take part?

Send an email about your sighting with the date, time of day, the location (street or reserve name and suburb) and how many quenda you saw to backyard.bandicoots.perth @gmail.com. Photos and stories we can share are welcome! (We will never share your personal details.)

This Project will collect information from April until the end of June so you can submit sightings more than once. With the information from the emails the Project Team will create a map to show where quenda are sighted. Results will be sent to all participants. 


Maybe you don't know what a quenda looks like, or you may see diggings and wonder what made them. The Quenda Search Team has developed information and activity resources to help you learn about quenda. Click on the links below to download them. 

Information Resources

Quenda Search Project flyer

Quenda or Rat?

Quenda: Nature's Gardeners

Can I Feed Quenda?

Activity Resources                               

My Backyard Bandicoot Colouring in sheet
Quenda Ears Craft Activity                                  

Quenda or Rabbit? Activity Sheet
Quenda or Rat? Activity Sheet

Quenda Stories  

Nipper and Friends: A Quenda Story

The Quenda Search Project Team is a local team including Dr Amanda Kristancic, Zoologist, and Cathy Levett, Environmental Educator with the EMRC.

(Image credit: Narelle Dybing)

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