Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby

Jul 22, 2013 by

Volunteer group with release animalsThe Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby received funding of $6636 from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust for their work with the species recovery in the Kangaroo Valley and research. The Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby and NPWS staff advise that the project is progressing well.

In April 2013 six Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies were released with collars and transmittors for tracking. These wallabies are bred in captivity from the Central Coast and are released at around 16 months of age. The objective of the exercise is to increase the wallaby population in Kangaroo Valley which is considered an endangered colony. Remote cameras have been purchased and located in several areas focussing on free feed stations in wallaby habitat.

“The next release will be in September and this will provide us with the opportunity to trial the new collars,” said Project Manager, Melinda Norton. “Our baiting program is on-going and we expect to commence weed control and habitat protection now that the area has drained after the recent wet.”

A training workshop for land holders is scheduled for September 2013. Monitoring is ongoing and fox baiting is continuing. Due to inclement weather and flooding in Kangaroo Valley, weeding/habitat protection will not commence until the land dries out. Regeneration tools will be purchased prior to work commencing and this has been scheduled for September 2013

The photo shows the volunteer group with release animals.