Arcadia Quokka: Questions and Answers

Q:
How many mainland quokka are still surviving in Arcadia forest?
A:
No one knows for sure on the exact number of quokka still hanging on in Arcadia forest, however according to a Department of Environment and Conservation quokka survey (2005/06) quokkas were still surviving in Arcadia.
Q:
Will logging in Arcadia forest kill, maim or injure the quokka if they are still there?
A:
According to DEC's Quokka Recovery Plan 2010, logging and post logging regeneration burns kill quokka and destroy their habitat.
Q:
What types of habitat do quokka require for them to survive?
A:
Quokka require undisturbed habitat with thick vegetation.
Q:
Are quokka protected under conservation laws?
A:
Quokka are recognised as a rare and endangered species and are protected under a number of international and Australian conservation laws including the International Union of Conservation Nations 2000 (IUCN), The international Montreal Process 1995 agreement (of which Aust in a signatory), the Western Australian Wildlife Conservation Act 1950, and the Commonwealth Environment and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Q:
Who is ultimately responsible for the protection of Arcadia's quokka?
A:
The Minister for the Environment the Hon. William (Bill) Marmion, Ph 9386 3064 or
email: bill.marmion@mp.wa.gov.au
Q:
What other threats are there to quokka besides logging?
A:
Dieback, feral animals, fire, weeds, disease, bauxite mining, climate change and urban development.
Q:
What can I do to help save Arcadia's quokka? What can I do. pdf
A:
Write, phone or email the Minister for the Environment, give a donation to the Quokka Rescue campaign, join in our Quokka Tours or join the Quokka Rescue campaign.
Q:
Where is Arcadia forest located and how do I get there?
A:
A map of Arcadia and directions on how to get there are located on our map page.
Q:
Won't the DEC protect Arcadia's quokka before and during logging operations?
A:
DEC don't have the resources to protect rare and endangered species from logging operations in state forest.
Q:
Aren't quokka on the mainland likely to become extinct anyway?
A:
According to DEC's Quokka Recovery Plan 2010, mainland quokka can continue to survive as long as their habitat is protected, however immediate action is required now to protect them.
Q:
How can we ensure that Arcadia's quokkas are protected in the long term?
A:
Arcadia forest must become part of the adjacent Wellington National Park.

 

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