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How Selfies Helped Protect a Threatened Species

When you visit Rottnest Island, be prepared to smile. The island is home to the largest viable population of quokkas—small wallabies that are cute and camera ready. These furry creatures have become the latest internet sensation, as visitors from all over the world travel to Rottnest for a chance to cheese with one. These ‘quokka selfies” have helped conservation efforts raise awareness for the protection of the species under threat in the wild.

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This story is a part of our Planet Earth series. From mammals to insects and birds to reptiles, we share this great big world with all manner of creatures, large and small. Come with us to faraway places as we explore our great big planet and meet some of its wildest inhabitants.

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