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Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: October 3, 2020 9:10 pm

Quokka arrive at Australian Reptile Park

Clover the quokka has recently arrived at the Australian Reptile Park

Photo Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

The world’s happiest animal has hopped in to the Australian Reptile Park and keepers are hopefully she will kickstart a breeding program for the threatened species.

Clover the Quokka has moved across the country from Caversham Reptile Park in Western Australia to the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

After two weeks in quarantine which were spent enjoying plenty of delicious snacks Clover has been introduced to the parks resident quokkas. Basil and Coco were eager to greet their new friend. Clover was eager to explore her new home under the watchful eye of keepers who made sure she settled in well.

Quokka arrive at Australian Reptile Park

Clover the quokka has recently arrived at the Australian Reptile Park

Photo Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

Since her arrival she has been seen snuggling up with Basil and Coco and watching the ducks which enjoy a swim on the pond in their enclosure. She also enjoys sweet potato with keepers noting it is her favorite snack.

Tim Faulkner, Australian Reptile Park Director 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!”

A video of Clover enjoying her new home

Video Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

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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.”

At the Australian Reptile Park guests can meet Clover, Basil and Coco now in their enclosure which they share with the echidnas.

Quokka arrive at Australian Reptile Park

Keepers hang out with Clover the quokka after her arrival

Photo Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

Learn more about the quokka Quokka Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about the Australian Reptile Park on their website – Australian Reptile Park

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