Thousands of Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby colonies have blinked out of existence in NSW over the last two hundred years due to human impacts. Tara and Cliff became a package deal at the beginning of April 2019 when they found themselves together in the predator-proof enclosure at the Creek colony near Kangaroo Valley. Tara was moved all the way from Jenolan Caves and Cliff was moved from the nearby Mountain colony. The gates of the enclosure were opened six weeks later … Tara carrying her first joey and Cliff quickly promoting himself to alpha male at the tiny Creek colony.
The day before these two met, a tree branch fell on the 3m high enclosure fence providing a ramp from the outside. The resident alpha male Tyson (also previously from Jenolan Caves) took advantage of this with his acrobatic talent and jumped in early to meet gorgeous little Tara. Luckily Friends members were able to herd him out of the enclosure just in time for Cliff’s arrival, as two adult males could do each other a lot of harm fighting for dominance in a small enclosure.
Translocation can be very stressful to animals and the ‘soft-release’ enclosure was built in the heart of the Creek colony to ease the transition process. A number of wild and captive breed endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies have been translocated to the Creek colony since 2007 when DNA scat analysis showed it was doomed for extinction with only one Rock wallaby surviving. Genetically diverse males and females have boosted the breeding potential of this southern-most NSW colony.
As with all the translocated Rock-wallabies, Cliff and Tara were fitted with temporary collars allowing them to be radio-tracked. By adopting these two Kangaroo Valley Rock wallabies you are helping the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby raise money to control the introduced predators that prey on the joeys and to supplement feeding through the devastating climatic impacts of drought and wildfire.
Enjoy learning all about these captivating little Aussie battlers in your adoption pack and share their plight with your friends. The more members, donors and adopters the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby (a not-for-profit group) has the more we can do to secure the future for the Kangaroo Valley Rock wallabies. Please re-adopt Tara and Cliff in one year to continue receiving the quarterly updates and exclusive monitoring camera photos.