I have some Kiwi heritage from my Mum Flower who was born in captivity at a breeding facility north of Sydney. Her parents came from Kawau Island, just off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. In the 19th century some Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies were taken from Australia to Kawau. Their numbers grew on the island because there were no foxes eating their joeys. (I wish humans hadn’t brought foxes and cats to Australia!) Some Kawau Rock wallabies were brought back in 2003 and their special lineage now contributes to the survival of our species in Australia … our range and population has dangerously declined due to past hunting by humans, climate change and the relentless predation by the foxes.
I was born at the River colony in 2015 and fell in love with Gingernut. Together we settled along the rugged rocky escarpment near Magic Creek and tried to find fox/cat-proof refuges to raise our joeys. We have played an important role in helping the River colony grow in size to the minimum estimated for a self-sustaining population through breeding and re-introducing genetic diversity.
The Kangaroo Valley community has supported the BTRW Recovery Project for the last 25 years. The three remnant colonies would have become extinct without the long-running partnership between the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service – now NSW Saving our Species program (SoS). The Friends and SoS collaborate on an extensive, integrated, cross-tenure fox/ feral cat/ wild dog control program, school education and community engagement initiatives as well as the analysis of images from a strategic network of Rock-wallaby and predator monitoring cameras.
I am always proud to show-off my bulging pouch and emerging joeys in front of my monitoring. I have a pretty white star on my chest that helps identify me in the photos and you may notice that I love to groom my thick brushy tail.
As my adopter you will be kept up to date by email with our family news and see intimate photos and videos from the spy cameras every three months for one year. Please share our story with your friends and enter the colouring-in competition in your adoption pack for a chance to name my next joey!