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February 9, 2019


The Happy Quokka of Rottnest Island.

by derwombat


The quokka, the only member of the genus Setonix, is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat. Like other marsupials in the macropod family (such as the kangaroos and wallabies), the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal.
It can be found on some smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia, in particular on Rottnest Island just off Perth and Bald Island near Albany.
A small mainland colony exists in the protected area of Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, where they co-exist with Gilbert’s potoroo.
The quokka was one of the first Australian mammals seen by Europeans. The Dutch mariner Samuel Volckertzoon wrote of sighting “a wild cat” on Rottnest Island in 1658.
In 1696, Willem de Vlamingh mistook them for giant rats and named the island “Rotte nest”, which comes from the Dutch words rattennest meaning “rat nest”.
The word quokka is derived from a Nyungar word, which was probably gwaga.
The quokka weighs 2.5 to 5 kilograms (5.5 to 11.0 lb) and is 40 to 90 centimetres (16 to 35 in) long with a 25 to 30 centimetres (9.8 to 11.8 in)-long tail, which is fairly short for a macropod.
It has a stocky build, rounded ears, and a short, broad head.
Although looking rather like a very small kangaroo, it can climb small trees and shrubs. Its coarse fur is a grizzled brown colour, fading to buff underneath.
The quokka has no fear of humans and it is common for it to approach them closely, particularly on Rottnest Island.
It is, however, illegal for members of the public on Rottnest Island to handle the animals in any way.
They are considered to be a vulnerable species.
via Quokka – Wikipedia
  1. Sep 3 2016

    Aww, he’s precious.


    • Sep 3 2016

      Delightful indeed.


    • Sep 3 2016

      Strange to think how many animals there are that aren’t in the public eye, and how many more must be unknown to science.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Sep 3 2016

    That is a very true statement. The sad thing though is species like the elephant and rhinoceros who are disappearing because of human greed.
    All the Best Rod


  3. Oct 11 2017

    They are simply adorable. Rottnest is a prime spot to see them, as in the mainland feral predators as cats and foxes have nearly wiped them out.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Oct 12 2017

      Thank Goodness they have been kept safe on Rottnest Island.

      Cheers Rod


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