Adopt­ing best prac­tice for quokkas

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion -

ROTTNEST Is­land quokkas are up for adop­tion.

For $20, visi­tors get to name their quokka and re­ceive an adop­tion cer­tifi­cate and a stuffed ver­sion of the mar­su­pial to take home.

Vis­i­tor Cen­tre cus­tomer ser­vice as­sis­tant Alanna Cooper said money raised through adop­tions went to the Rottnest Foun­da­tion to fund the conservation of quokkas and her­itage sites on the is­land.

“It’s the most pop­u­lar thing we sell in the Vis­i­tor Cen­tre,” Ms Cooper said.

“There’s a range of peo­ple buy­ing them, from kids to older peo­ple. It’s just a good lit­tle sou­venir to take home.”

Ms Cooper said the ini­tia­tive also taught visi­tors more about the quokka.

“Peo­ple al­ways ask what the quokkas eat. We put an em­pha­sis on the im­por­tance of not touch­ing or feed­ing the quokkas,” she said.

“It’s a good ed­u­ca­tion tool.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467942

Alanna Cooper with a toy quokka and an adop­tion cer­tifi­cate.

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