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Australia Endangered Species: Quokka Rabbie

Animal

The quokka wallaby is an endemic animal to Australia, and stuffed animals are also available. This animal is similar to a kangaroo and is found only in a very limited area of Australia. It is classified in the kangaroo family and genus Wallaby. It has round eyes, a mouse-like tail, and a stuffed animal-like body, so it looks like a doll and is very cute. However, this super cute quokka wallaby is an endangered species. Their population has declined dramatically due to predation by foxes and cats introduced by humans.

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Habitat

The quokka wallaby is endemic to Australia. Its habitat and environment are Rottnest Island and Bald Island in southwestern Australia. They are cute and popular among mammals, so if you search for them, you will find a lot of them. Products have also appeared, many of which have designs with smiling faces as motifs. The quokka wallaby is a marsupial classified in the genus Quacka, in the order Mammalia, diprodontate, family Kangaroo, and its scientific name is Setonix brachyurus.

Characteristic

Quokka wallabies look like happy animals because of their round eyes and raised corners of the mouth. It is also called the happiest animal in the world. They live in groups of sociable herbivores. Quokka wallabies are 40-50 cm long and weigh 2-4 kg. The whole body is densely covered with long hair, and the hair is grayish brown. .. Quokka wallabies prefer to live in marshes and bushes. Quokka wallabies can live at high temperatures near 40 ° C. Until recently, Quokka wallabies were unknown creatures, but recently they have become famous on social media posts and are attracting attention as pet animals.

Ecology

Quokka is a herbivore that lives on grass, leaves and fruits. The morphology is embryonic, giving birth to one offspring at a time. Children live with their parents for a while. After living in the mother’s bag for about 190 days, wean after 2 months. Sexual maturity occurs around the first year of life.

Endangered species

Quokka wallabies were originally widely distributed in western Australia. However, Europeans brought in carnivores and were preyed on. It is almost extinct in western Australia. The only remaining places are Rottnest Island and Bold Island. And another problem is the destruction of nature by humans. The area where Quokka wallabies can live is limited due to the decrease in the number of wetlands where they can live. It is now designated as Endangered II by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Difference from kangaroo

By the way, since wallabies belong to the kangaroo family, many people may think that they are the same as kangaroos. In fact, there is no clear distinction, and among the kangaroos, the smaller kangaroos are classified as wallabies. A wallaby is essentially the same as a kangaroo because it raises a child in a tummy bag and bounces.

Breeding

Quokka is an animal that has become popular on SNS, but it is an endangered species and cannot be made into a pet. So go to Australia. However, local law does not allow you to hug or touch Quokka wallabies. Because it can cause infections.

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