The quokka, whose scientific name is Setonix brachyurus, is found mainly on Western Australia’s Rottnest Island and Bald Island, as well as small pockets of forest on the mainland.
Quokkas are one of the smallest wallaby species in Australia, coming in at 40 to 54cm in body length and 2.7 to 4.2kg in body weight. They’re covered in a coarse grey-brown fur with a relatively short tail and round fluffy ears.
Being herbivores, quokkas eat mainly native grasses, leaves, stems and bark. They are able to store fat in their tales for when food becomes scarce.
Quokkas are exceptional diggers, burrowing tunnels through vegetation for napping and escaping from predators. They can also climb trees.
On Rottnest Island these unique marsupials live in territories that are defended by dominant males.
Destruction of their habitat, human persecution and the introduction of dingos and foxes has drastically reduced quokka numbers. They are vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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