The Australian Reptile Park is delighted to announce a new member joined their family this week! Clover the Quokka has arrived after a safe trip all the way from Caversham Wildlife Park in Perth! Of course, to comply with regulations, Clover has spent the past two weeks in quarantine and was spoiled with delicious snacks each day as she settled into her new Australian state!
With the two-week quarantine period ending today, keepers eagerly introduced Clover to her new family, Basil and Coco the quokkas. Clover enthusiastically explored her new home, with keepers continually going checking on her throughout the day to ensure the new quokka family was getting along. Thankfully, quokkas are known for being the happiest and friendliest animals on the planet, so it did not take long for Clover to fall in love with her new home and family!
Clover is now on display for visitors to see, and has been enjoying her new home, her favourite snack being sweet potato – it’s the first thing she goes for! She has since been sighted snuggling up with Basil and Coco and was spotted watching on as ducks flew into their pond for a cool drink.
Tim Faulkner, Australian Reptile Park Director and Ambassador for the Quokka has commented “It’s impossible to not fall in love with a quokka. Have you seen them online?! They have this permanent smile on their face and they just always look so happy. Clover is no exception and it has been a pure delight watching her settle in well. I can’t wait for everyone to come and meet her!”
Mr Faulkner continued “Quokkas have reduced in great numbers in South Western Australia due to feral animals like foxes and cats. Their stronghold is Rottnest Island where they are a protected species. Quokkas are currently listed as “vulnerable,” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This is why the Australian Reptile Park is proud that our quokkas are a part of a nation-wide captive breeding program to help boost the population.”
The quokkas will be on display at Australian Reptile Park with the echidnas all school holidays for visitors to see them and to learn more about these fascinating, happy animals.