Meet the Quokka

If you are ever lucky enough to meet a Quokka, chances are you’ll break out in a grin. This cute marsupial is synonymous with Perth’s favourite holiday spot, Rottnest Island – a short ferry ride from Fremantle. In fact, it’s how the island got its name – Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh named it ‘Rotte Nest’ (‘rats’ nest’), mistaking the ubiquitous small wallabies on the beautiful Mediterranean-like island as giant rats.

Very small populations of Quokkas also survive in the south-west of the mainland in forests such as those near Northcliffe. Overall the species is listed as vulnerable due to predation by feral animals, altered fire patterns and habitat loss.

Quokka shots – Rottnest Island’s wildlife emblem

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