Sweet deal struck to save quokkas

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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 main­land,” Ms Knight said.

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

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

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

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