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Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Conservation

The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby is listed as vulnerable nationally. Threats include hunting, predation, habitat loss and competition with other species, all of which is contributing to loss of genetic diversity. Suitable habitat is becoming less and less due to the clearing of native vegetation, exotic plant invasion and altered fire regimes.

Add to this is the pressure from introduced predators such as the fox as well as competition with feral goats, sheep and rabbits. In the past Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies were considered pests and were in fact hunted for their skins. This contributed to a massive decline in numbers. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has bred this species previously and one of those rock-wallabies was subsequently released back to the wild.

The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby gets shelter and basks during the day in rock crevices, caves and overhangs and are most active at night.


Additional Facts

The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby got its name from its long and bushy, dark rufous-brown tail that is bushier towards its tip.