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If you are ever lucky enough to meet a Quokka, chances are you’ll break out in a grin. This popular 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 macropods (the kangaroo and wallaby family) 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.
The Rottnest Island population has become very accustomed to humans as some of these photos show but visitors shouldn’t touch the Quokkas and definitely not feed them. Human foods are very bad for their health.
Quokka shots – Rottnest Island’s wildlife emblem
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