Endangered Brush-tailed rock wallabys get help from friends

The endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby is a marsupial from Queensland and New South Wales. The population in Victoria is dangerously close to becoming extinct. The decline of this species is due to many things including inbreeding, lack of predator control and loss of habitat. Brush-tailed rock wallabies are nocturnal animals but they appear to enjoy the cool early morning sunshine when the weather is cool. They eat native grasses in addition to roots and bark.
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Brush-tailed rock wallabies enjoy dwelling in areas where there a plenty of rocks and cavesin Australia, but populations have been begun in Hawaii in a effort to save the species.. Brush-tailed rock wallabies are very sensitive about their environment and do not like to be disturbed by humans, in the wild they are not friendly. Colonies are present, within each colony there is a dominant presence at the top of the hierarchy.

Feeding generally occurs during the night and early morning hours. Brush-tailed rock wallabies enjoy eating various native grasses in addition to roots and bark. Their predatore include Foxes, cats, wild dogs, pig dogs, Wedge-tailed Eagles, goats and rabbits.

The brush-tailed wallaby can climb tell trees with its sharp claws and strong legs, it can also easily climb rocks.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service together with community groups (Coonabarabran Landcare Group, Goorianawa Landcare Group, Warrumbungle Landcare Group and Friends of the Warrumbungle Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby) and local landowners (adjoining the National Park) are working together to save this endangered animal.

image courtesy of http://www.australianfauna.com/brushtailedrockwallaby.php
Excerpts from

http://blogs.discovery.com/news_animal/
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/nature/recoveryPlanFinalBrushtailedRockwallabyWarrum.pdf

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1 Comment

  1. louise23 said,

    November 18, 2008 at 1:13 am

    What a great little bit of information – thanks very much!

    The Burnett Catchment Care Association, have been working with a landholder in the Burnett catchment in Queensland to undertake habitat protection for a known Brush-tailed Rock wallaby population that inhabits a rocky watering hole. The works involved fencing the creek and watering hole off to keep cattle from entering and disturbing the habitat and the peace and quiet that these somewhat shy macropods enjoy.

    The project was supported by the regional nrm body for the area, the Burnett Mary Regional Group.


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