Australia’s threatened rock-wallabies
Once hunted for its fur and also known as the ring-tailed rock-wallaby, this beautiful species was once widespread throughout arid and semi-arid Australia. Today, it is only found in a few isolated rocky outcrops in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.
One of the most important means of recovery for threatened species and communities is the protection of their habitat.
Two-thirds of Australia is privately-managed rural land. Private landholders play an increasingly important role in the conservation of biodiversity across Australia.
If you manage, live on or own land that is habitat for rock-wallabies, please contact your local Landcare office to find out ways that you can help.
If you don’t live near a rock-wallaby habitat, you can donate to WWF to help us protect endangered Australian species like rock-wallabies.
Known as the “warru” to the Western Desert Aboriginal people, this rock-wallaby was once widespread in the central desert regions of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. It’s now found only in a few scattered locations.
The Herbert’s rock-wallaby is smaller and lighter in colour than the brush-tailed rock-wallaby that is found further south. It generally weighs less than six kilograms. Its distinctive bushy tail, which is about 55 centimetres long, aids balance as it leaps across rocks. Herbert’s rock-wallabies can be found in south-east Queensland.
This rock-wallaby only came to the attention of scientists in 1976 and is found in just a few locations in north-east coastal Queensland. A shy wallaby, it lives on rocky outcrops in dense forests surrounded by more open grassy woodland.
Found in New South Wales, Queensland and critically endangered in Victoria, the brush-tailed rock-wallaby has disappeared from much of the southern and western parts of its range.
What you can do to protect rock-wallabies
If you own, live on or manage land that is habitat for rock-wallabies, please contact your local Landcare office to find out how you can help.
You can also check the volunteer listing for your area to see if there’s any opportunity to help rock-wallabies or other Australian species.
If you don’t live near a rock-wallaby habitat, you can donate to WWF to help us protect endangered species like rock-wallabies.