PERTH people are invited to help #SaveQuokkas today, by snapping a virtual selfie with the animals at a photo booth located at the Perth Cultural Centre.
The event is being run in conjunction with the World Wildlife Federation Australia to mark National Threatened Species Day on September 7.
It’s not well known, but the mainland quokka – the less-famous relative of the Rottnest Island favourite – faces challenges that threaten its survival.
Mainland quokkas were once widely spread across the southwest of Western Australia but since European settlement, loss of habitat and the introduction of feral predators have seen their numbers decline.
In February 2015, devastating bushfires destroyed over 98,000 hectares of quokka habitat in the southern forests of Northcliffe.
In the aftermath, a survey found that of the more than 500 quokkas originally thought to be living in the region, only 39 could now be accounted for.
With the help of its supporters, WWF-Australia is working on the ground in Northcliffe to create a safe future for this iconic little Aussie and has set up a project to track and watch over the surviving quokkas.
To help raise awareness of the issue, WWF-Australia invites people to visit the ‘Smile and #SaveQuokkas’ photo booth at Perth Cultural Centre’s Urban Orchard today from 10.30am – 4.30pm.
SMS your photo to 0437 644 978 and you will receive back your own social media #SaveQuokkas selfie to share on social media.