Published: 4 October 2019
To celebrate World Animal Day, Aspects’ book of the month is Can a Quokka Quack? Written by Fremantle author Jolly Read, and illustrated by Natasha Lea, this book tells the story of the happiest animal in the world, the Quokka.
Also known as the Setonix brachyurus, and by the Noongar people as ban-gup, bungeup and quak –a, this marsupial is found only on Rottnest and Bald Islands, and in small scattered populations in the south west of Western Australia.
The Quokka is listed as vulnerable, and populations have significantly declined over the last century, particularly on the mainland, due to the loss and degradation of habitat from bushfires and land-clearing and to predation by foxes and feral cats.
Let’s celebrate these wonderful little creatures and make the world a better place for all animals!