The Australian Reptile Park is continuing with its most successful breeding season ever with the reveal this morning of the first quokka to be born at the award winning Central Coast wildlife sanctuary. Known as the happiest animal in the world, the quokka is one of the world’s most famous animals with their cheeky grin winning hearts of those all over the world.

Only a year after first arriving at The Australian Reptile Park, Coco (the mother) and xxxx (the father) got busy getting to know each other with keepers spotting them mating in early xxxx. Keepers checked Coco’s pouch in early August to see a tiny joey clinging onto mum’s teat, but now xxx is getting bigger and starting to poke her/his head out of mum’s pouch. Over the next few weeks xxx will start venturing out of mum’s pouch and becoming more independent as the days go on.

The Australian Reptile Park is excited with the new addition of xxx to add the quokkas to help to continue to raise awareness of the plight of Australian mammals – which have the worst extinction rate in the world. Quokkas are nocturnal marsupials are some of the smallest members of the macropod family, which also includes kangaroos and wallabies.