Learn about the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby
The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby (BTRW) is small and usually found in very rocky terrain. They are mostly brown with grey shoulders, a reddish-brown rump and short dark feet. They get their name from their long, dark, thick tail as it ends in a brushy tip. They are difficult to spot, but they can be seen along rocky escarpments, in boulder piles and on rocky outcrops. Generally their habitat has numerous crevices, subterranean passageways, ledges and overhangs for shelter and safety. They also prefer north facing sites, as they sun themselves in the morning and afternoon.
Our research helps us to learn more about the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, their habitat, diet, behaviours and the types of predators they face. We need to understand these animals and the way they live in order to protect them and ensure their long term survival.
The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby ranges from Queensland to Victoria, roughly following the line of the Great Divide. The southernmost population in NSW is in the Shoalhaven, while the Warrumbungle Ranges are home to the westernmost population.
The Shoalhaven Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby protection program was started in the Kangaroo Valley area in 1995. At this time, it was estimated there were only 30 to 60 Rock-wallabies remaining in the Shoalhaven.
June of 1998 saw the program receive joint funding from Environment Australia with a similar Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby program in the Hunter Valley region. This funding continued through to March 2001, with a focus on determining the effect of 1080 fox control on both the fox and Rock-wallaby populations.
The conservation of many threatened species, including the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, is very dependent on community support and involvement. We all know that shaping a sustainable future starts now, and is the responsibility of everyone.
This education program is intended to develop students’ respect for biodiversity and appreciation of the role of science, monitoring and technology in continually building our understanding of the complex world we live in.
Our hope is to inspire students to actively participate in local biodiversity conservation initiatives, continually expand and communicate their knowledge, and to engage in ethical decision-making and consumption.
The Friends’ Primary and Secondary School Education Programs are developed and implemented by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff who have over 10 years experience in environmental education and threatened species management.
Released in May of 2015, our documentary “On the Edge” explores the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby in more depth, as well as our efforts to save them. Feel free to share the video and spread the word about the protected Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby and the work of the Friends.
Members receive regular updates via a newsletter about the activities of the Friends as well as the progress of the Shoalhaven Rock-wallaby colonies. We keep copies of our released newsletters that can be read at any time.