Spring will bring a baby quokka to two expecting parents at The Australian Reptile Park. The quokka joey is the first to be bred at the Central Coast wildlife sanctuary.
“We’re very excited about the new arrival of our quokka joey, we couldn’t be happier,” park general manager Tim Faulkner said.
“The team has ensured that mum and her precious cargo are both being well cared for and looked after around the clock.”
Mother Coco and father Basil were spotted getting to know each other in early March. Keepers checked Coco’s pouch in August to see a tiny joey. Over the next few months the joey will start venturing out of the pouch and becoming more independent as the days go on.
“The quokka's notoriety worldwide is important as quokkas have reduced in great numbers in South Western Australia due to feral animals like foxes and cats,” Mr Faulkner said.
“Their strong hold is Rottnest Island where it is a protected species. Quokkas are currently listed as "vulnerable," on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.”
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