Tue. 11th Dec 2018

Quokka from Caversham Wildlife Park WA Australia

Quokka from Caversham Wildlife Park WA Australia
The quokka ( Setonix brachyurus), 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 kangaroos and wallabies), the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal. But they are active during the day as well.

Quokkas are found on some smaller island off the coast of Western Australia – Rottnest Island, 20 km from Fremantle via ferry and zoo in Perth and other parks. About Quokka. The quokka weighs 2.5 to 5 kilograms and is 40 to 54 centimetres long with a 25-to-30-centimetre-long tail, which is fairly short for a macropod. It has a stocky build, well developed hind legs, rounded ears, and a short, broad head. Its musculoskeletal system was originally adapted for terrestrial bipedal saltation but over its evolution its system has been built for arboreal locomotion. Although looking rather like a very small kangaroo and pouchie rat, it can climb small trees and shrubs up to 1.5 meters.Its coarse fur is a grizzled brown colour, fading to buff underneath. The quokka is known to live for an average of ten years.

Quokka from Caversham Wildlife Park WA Australia

 

 

 

Quokkas have a promiscuous mating system. After a month of gestation, females give birth to a single baby called a joey. Females can give birth twice a year and produce approximately seventeen joeys during their life. The joey lives in its mother’s pouch for six months. Once it leaves the pouch, the joey relies on its mother for milk for two more months and is fully weaned approximately eight months after birth. Females sexually mature after roughly 18 months.

Quokkas were first time discovered 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 word Rattennest, meaning “rat nest”. The word quokka is derived from a Nyungar word “gwaga”

Caversham Wildlife Park A Western Australian family owned and operated tourist highlight.

David & Pat own and operate Caversham Wildlife Park with their son David & daughter Debbie.
When they purchased the park in 1988, the park housed a small collection of animals and birds on a modest 5 acre (2ha) property. A few years later, the park doubled in size, when the family purchased the adjoining property and the collection started to boom. In May 2003, the family designed and built a new park in Whiteman Park, once again, more than doubling in size.

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