Today quokkas are recognized as vulnerable creatures by the IUCN and the Australian Department of Environment and Energy. Their numbers are dwindling. The IUCN estimates that there are between seven thousand and five hundred and fifteen thousand mature adults in nature.
The vast majority are on Rottnest Island. There is also a protected population on the bald island and there are some colonies scattered in mainland Australia as well.
The quokka lives in a small and restricted area in southwestern Australia.
However, agricultural development has reduced the areas inhabited by the animal, thus contributing to the decline of the species. The deforestation and fires of the few remaining marsh areas have aggravated the situation. In 2015, a fire in Western Australia decimated 90% of the local quokka population, rising from 500 to 39 in one fell swoop.
Complicating matters was both man for introducing cats and dogs and dingoes. They are animals that manage to live on average for 10 or 15 years. In captivity, however, this time is halved. Quokkas live in colonies without much socializing with each other.
They live solitary lives and cross only for food and safety reasons.
On the Australian continent it reproduces all year round while on Rottnest Island only towards the end of the summer, giving birth to a single puppy that she will carry in her pouch and which she will care for for about a year.
The quokka can swim but spends most of its time above trees and shrubs. This animal loves to climb and can do it until it reaches 2 meters in height. He doesn't like being very exposed and standing in large, open spaces.
It prefers environments where it can hide from predators and the elements. If fresh water is scarce it can remain hydrated only through plant nutrients. It is herbivorous and feeds on herbs, leaves, shrubs and plants.
Poachers kill hundreds of cranes in Lebanon
Hundreds of gray cranes have been killed by a group of poachers in Lebanon.
According to the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon, millions of migratory birds are illegally killed in the country every year. Gray cranes at this time of the year are engaged in a migration that crosses southern Lebanon, for this reason the poachers have had a particularly easy life to intercept flocks and to kill them.
As reported on the Facebook page of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, the killing of so many defenseless animals has also mobilized the police. Several arrests have already been carried out. Specifically, the gendarmerie unit has imprisoned three young men Lebanese aged 26, 34 and 40, who are all suspected of being part of the criminal gang behind the slaughter.
To make the episode even more shocking poachers shared on Facebook of numerous images depicting men near the carcasses of cranes. The protagonists of the massacre often appear smiling next to the animals carcasses. The first of the three denied involvement in the shooting but admitted that he was paid by poachers to clean the carcasses of the cranes.
The other two instead stated that they were in the area for a picnic, and had received some carcasses from poachers for resale.