Chokka the Quokka: Rottnest Island icon immortalised in chocolate in time for Easter


Rottnest Island Authority’s Holly Knight with the Margaret River Quokka Chocolate. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Rottnest Island Authority’s Holly Knight with the Margaret River Quokka Chocolate. Picture: Matt Jelonek

THE quokka has been immortalised in chocolate just in time for Easter.

The Rottnest Foundation, Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) and Margaret River Chocolate Company (MRCC) have combined to create Chokka the Quokka with $2 from each sale going towards the Foundation’s efforts to conserve the quokka.

RIA Environment, Heritage and Parks general manager Holly Knight said the initiative aimed to conserve the quokka populations on Rottnest and in the South-West.

“Recent bushfires in the south had a significant impact on the quokka population on the main land,” Ms Knight said.

On Thursday, the MRCC presented $5000 to the conservation project at a Quokka Symposium held in Fremantle.

This follows on from the company’s contribution last year to a World Wildlife Fund project that assessed the South-West quokka population following the December 2015 bushfires.

Ms Knight said Chokka the Quokka was expected to raise about $10,000 a year for quokka conservation.

“We don’t want to oust the bilby but more WA kids have seen a quokka than a bilby,” she said.