Adopt Jewel, a success-story of a captive breed Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby who is thriving in the Creek Colony.

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I was translocated from a captive breeding facility to the Creek colony near Kangaroo Valley in 2015.

Did you know that Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies were once common in rugged rocky habitat from southern Victoria to southern Queensland?  Now we are almost extinct in Victoria and only found in small, isolated colonies in central NSW.  The Creek colony is now the most southern colony in NSW

Unlike other kangaroo and wallaby species, Rock wallabies must hide their large pouch young in rocky crevices for short intervals to forage safely in their vertical habitat.  Introduced predators often find the joeys and this is the main reason for localised extinction.  An isolated colony like ours can disappear in a few years if we don’t produce and protect enough joeys.

European foxes and feral cats are killing native wildlife and – together with habitat destruction – causing an extinction crisis in Australia.  Our human friends do their best to manage these predators around our colony.  I wish more humans did their bit to control these cunning killers … It’s funny how humans used to hunt Rock wallabies and other natives … and now they try and protect them from extinction!  It seems like humans are gradually realizing just how important biodiversity is to their lives and the health of the country.  More and more humans are making choices that help save habitat and the unique animals and plants that call Australia home.

I know our human friends spy on us using infrared cameras.  But I wonder if those funny humans know that I also spy on them when they are visiting my home.  I like to watch them clamber around the rocky escarpment.  They look rather awkward … but I have never seen one fall.  Those clumsy humans really don’t seem adapted to this vertical habitat.  They must be very determined to keep returning to check on us.

I have a notch on both the inside and outside edge of my left ear as well as a large white blaze on my chest.  These identifying features make it easy for our human friends to recognize me on their monitoring camera photos.  Stay connected with our battling colony through the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby quarterly E-newsletter and photo update and please re-adopt me in a years’ time.  You can learn and share more about our plight from your adoption pack.


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