I grew up in a captive breeding facility north of Sydney and was released at nearly two years of age into the Creek colony near Kangaroo Valley in 2013 wearing a radio-tracking collar. My temporary collar allowed our human friends to track my position from the top of the cliff using an aerial attached to a radio receiver until I settled into my new home.
Our human friends continue to monitor us on spy cameras strategically located throughout our rugged rocky habitat. I am easily recognised in these photos by the notches on the inside of each of my ears and my white chest star. I love showing off my joeys in front of the cameras. Please look out for photos of me in your quarterly adoption emails.
Unfortunately, not all translocated Rock wallabies settle-in to their new home as well as I did. A male was released at the same time as me, but he died within a few days, possibly from stress. But survival of our species depends on the release of relocated heroes to restore genetic diversity and numbers to the near-extinct populations. The Rock wallabies that have been born and raised in captivity do not know as well as wild Rock wallabies how to avoid non-native predators by being vigilant and planning escape routes.
My colony is now the southern-most surviving of my species in NSW. The next closest populations are past Sydney! Drought and wildfires caused by climate change are increasingly impacting our populations – both our small central NSW and larger northern NSW ones. Remnant colonies like ours are blinking out of existence … forever gone.
Our human friends are raising money and using science to make the relocation process into the three Kangaroo Valley more successful. Your adoption helps keep our endangered joeys safe by paying for some of the fox, wild dog and feral cat control around our home. This helps all the other wildlife too! And people’s pet chickens!
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me. If you read the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby quarterly E-newsletter you can keep up with all the gossip at the three Kangaroo Valley colonies. The picture brochure and fact sheet in your adoption pack explain even more about endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies and offer you tips to help protect biodiversity.