Rottnest Island is 12 kms from the coast of Western Australia and home to the quokkas. This is the place to come if you want to see a quokka. It’s also a beautiful island that may be familiar to those of you who follow my instagram feed as the place where we spend our summers.
The quokka is a small marsupial with brownish fur with a touch of grey that resembles a wallaby. It carries its young in its pouch as does the kangaroo and suckles the baby for up to ten weeks after the its birth. Quokkas feed at night on leaves and grasses and can survive without water for quite a while. The number of quokkas on the island varies from 14,000 to 8,000 in summer. Long hot summers with little or no rainfall and plants whose nitrogen content decreases during this time are to blame for the decrease in numbers.
Quokkas are wild creatures but they are not scared of humans. They will often come up to you especially if there is food in sight. Over many summers of beach barbecues on the island, quokkas were always the uninvited guests, hopping into any food that we had inadvertently left within their reach even though a change of diet is bad for them.
Quite a few can be found around the settlement areas of Rottnest…in Thomson Bay and Geordie Bay. Do not try to pick one up….there are fines for handling these little guys.
I caught this quokka in the video, having a mid morning snack in Thomson Bay!
Would you like to see a quokka?
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