Little Aussie Acrobats
Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies are known as the acrobats of the kangaroo world and are able to climb trees and scale almost vertical cliffs. Found amongst rocky outcrops of eastern Australia, most of our 15 rock-wallaby species are now threatened with extinction and exist only in restricted areas of their former range.
At the turn of the 19th Century, the wallaby was declared an agricultural pest and between 1884 and 1914 it is believed that over ½ million animals were killed for their skins. Since the 20th Century, their populations have further declined due mostly to alterations to their habitat through weed invasion and changes in historical fire regimes which have rendered large portions of their habitat unsuitable. Like many other threatened Australian animals, the introduction of pests such as cats, foxes, goats and rabbits have had a dramatic impact on this little Aussie Acrobat.
The New South Wales Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Recovery team have identified captive breeding as an important initiative for the recovery of the species.
How are we helping:
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has actively contributed to the recovery of this threatened species since 2009 and boasts one of the largest Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby exhibits in the world. In 2011 we were able to contribute in a significant way by releasing Rock-wallabies back to the wild from our state of the art facility! Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary continues to support the program by holding a breeding group of animals and aims to contribute to future release efforts.
Come and visit us to see our conservation work at the below onsite park location.