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Tracking quokkas through fires

Source: murdoch.edu.au

Murdoch University researchers are tracking quokkas in Western Australia’s Northern Jarrah Forest to understand how prescribed burns impact their habitat.

Dubbed the world’s ‘happiest animal’, there’s still a lot we don’t know about quokkas that is needed to secure the survival of the species. This is especially true for how we manage quokka habitat for mainland populations.

On the mainland, the quokka is restricted to a number of small, scattered populations in the Northern Jarrah Forest. These populations face threats, including reduction of habitat, decreasing rainfall, competition with feral species, and bushfires. These threats, along with low numbers of quokkas in fragmented populations, can be devastating. MORE

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