Q is for Quokka
This cute little guy is known as the “happiest animal in the world” due to its cute and friendly appearance, these creatures are now only found in a few isolated forests and small islands.
The island of Rottnest near Perth, Australia is the primary home of the quokka, a type of marsupial. Quokkas have round, compact bodies that are 40-54 cm (16-21 in.) in length.
They often live in tall grass near water sources. Quokkas can also climb trees!
Quokkas are herbivores who primarily feed at night, meaning they are mainly nocturnal. They eat the leaves, stems, and bark of many plants in addition to grass. If necessary, they can survive for long periods of time without food or water by living off the fat stored in their tails.
In the wild, quokkas can live up to ten years.
Quokkas are also at risk of developing muscular dystrophy, a disease in which muscles are damaged and weakened.
The Quokka is endangered due to declining populations and loss of habitat from logging and development. Other threats include foxes, dogs, and cats on the mainland, which has limited their population.