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The happiest animals on earth Quokka

Noongar name - Quak-a

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The Quokka is the only mammal which is native to Rottnest Island and can be found almost everywhere on the Island. It is mainly nocturnal. This means that it is mostly active at night, preferring to rest or sleep in the shade during the day.

The Quokka bounds and hops along the ground although it can climb trees if it needs to. It will sit on its hind legs to look around and will also use its front paws to search for and pick up food.

The Island habitat supports the largest known Quokka population and is essential for the survival of species. There are around 10,000-12,000 of these animals living on Rottnest. At all times of the year, there is a high number of Quokkas in the Settlement area because there is lots of water and food available. They have become one of the main tourist attractions of Rottnest Island because they have a cute appearance and are easy to see.

On Rottnest, Quokkas have a short breeding season which happens in late summer. One joey is born around February to April. It remains in the pouch until August or September. The joey suckles from its mother for another two months afterwards. The Quokkas on Rottnest do not breed again in the spring.

Conservation Status

Quokkas are listed as Vulnerable under ICUN (2014). All Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest’s Quokkas happy and healthy

  • Do Not touch the Quokkas
  • Do Not give quokkas water or food
  • Do ride carefully on the Island
  • Do enjoy watching them on their own terms

Want to know more?

Download the Quokka fact file!

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