With the release of Jurassic World on June 11, zoo keepers around the world have been recreating this famous scene of Chris Pratt taming a trio of Velociraptors and we couldn’t resist joining in the fun!
While we don’t have raptors at Taronga, we do have a ‘ferocious’ trio of Quokkas named Autumn, Jarrah and Poppy Lou. Actually, Quokkas are the polar opposite of raptors – small, friendly and very cute! Some call them the happiest animal in the world.
The photo was a little tricky to organise as our Quokkas kept moving out of position in search of food or a pat. Who knew that getting three Quokkas to cooperate would be such a challenge!
Quokkas are the smallest wallaby species in Australia and they’re only found in the wild on Rottnest Island and in small populations in the south-west of Western Australia. As their geographical range is limited to this small area, the species has been classified as vulnerable.
Taronga is part of a national breeding program for Quokkas, helping to establish an insurance population to safeguard the species into the future.