The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby inhabits rugged, rocky areas of south-east Australia. They are agile macropods that seek refuge in rocky escarpments during the day and emerge at dusk to feed on native grasses and other vegetation.
Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby populations are sporadically distributed from south-eastern Queensland to eastern New South Wales and Victoria and currently are recognised as three genetically distinct populations known as Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESU).
The southern form of this species only exists in two small isolated populations in Victoria, with less than 30 animals in each. Habitat modification and impacts from feral introduced species such as cats, foxes and goats has led to the isolation of these populations over time. This in turn has lead to a lack of genetic diversity within localised populations and poses a significant threat to the ongoing survival of the species.
To read more about Zoos Victoria's plan to save the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby from extinction, check out the Conservation Master Plan.
Saving the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby
Zoos Victoria will be focussing our efforts on the southern ESU of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby found only in Victoria, increasing community awareness and investigating our role in supporting a captive population.
Plans and publications
- The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby can bound great distances, up and across rocky terrain
- Feral goats are known to displace Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies from their daytime refuges
- In Victoria, the southern form of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby is now limited to two small populations isolated from each other
- Healesville Sanctuary
- Werribee Open Range Zoo
- Melbourne Zoo