At Zoos SA we think all mums ‘quokk’!
From our keepers, volunteers, and visitors to our furry, feathered and scaled friends, there certainly are some brilliant mums and mother-figures in our community.
To celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, the newest mum at Adelaide Zoo, Yiray the Quokka, was treated to some loved-up enrichment, created by the amazing BEEZA (Behaviour and Environmental Enrichment of Zoo Animals) team.
Together with her little joey, the mother and daughter duo dined on some tasty pellets with their extended quokka family, including aunties Manuka and Poppy.
Keeper, Zoe Trebeck, said the little joey is now out of the pouch full time and can be seen hopping around the Quokka yard near the Variety Children’s Zoo.
“She is getting more adventurous and is out and about bouncing and exploring,” Zoe said.
“Her Quokka aunties have all been helping out with mum duties – Manuka particularly loves her and they are often snuggling or spending time together.
“We’re also very excited to get everyone’s help to give the joey a name! We can’t wait to see what people choose.”
Visitors will have the chance to win four passes to our ginormous giraffe feed by entering our Quokka joey naming competition.
To enter, visitors will need to make a purchase from our Zoo Shop to receive a voting slip.
They can then help us choose between a shortlist of names – Maya, Marli and Banksia – three pawfect selections from our Quokka keepers!
Mums of the human kind will also be spoiled this weekend at both Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park.
On Saturday 7 May, after a wander around the Adelaide Zoo oasis, you can treat the mum-figure in your life to a free coffee and pawesome prizes in the Rotunda thanks to HomeStart Finance.
Visit the Spin-to-Win on the day for your chance to win behind-the-scenes experiences, including a wild Giraffe Safari for a family of five plus lunch, family passes and more!
If a day of wild fun is in store on Sunday 8 May, at both Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park the mum in your life will enjoy scrumptious treat from Melba’s Chocolate and Confectionery as they come through the gate.
Quokkas are one of the smallest wallaby species in the world, and are well-known and loved for their fluffy faces, ears, and tail which can be up to 31cm long.
These marvellous marsupials were once abundant across Australia, however they are now vulnerable to extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Quokkas are now only found in the south-west region of Western Australia, most notably off the coast Perth on Rottnest Island.
For more information please visit www.adelaidezoo.com.au or www.monartosafari.com.au.