Check out Australia Zoo’s Quokkas!
These charismatic marsupials, known for their friendly demeanour and heart-warming smiles, are endemic to Australia and reside in shrub-lands or dense vegetation located streamside. Quokkas are one of the smallest wallabies and closely related to another iconic native species, the kangaroo.
The Quokka exclusively inhabits the southwestern region of Australia, which encompasses Rottnest and Bald Islands.
These curious and friendly animals can climb heights of up to two metres to snack on native blossoms and leaves. Quokkas have the ability to survive extended periods without food and water by tapping into the fat reserves in their tail.
Like kangaroos and koalas, quokkas use their pouch to carry their joey, and some females are known to have up to 17 joeys in their lifetime!
Quokkas have been categorised as a vulnerable species by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with a remaining wild population estimated to range between 7,500 and 15,000. Among the key challenges they encounter in their natural habitat are habitat depletion due to human activities and wildfires.
41-53cm (1.3 - 1.7 ft)
2.5-5kg (5.5 - 11 lbs)