Black-flanked Rock-Wallabies Taking Leaps and Bounds Since Facing Local Extinction

Last month saw NACC NRM teaming up with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and Kalbarri Adventure Tours, taking a group of kayakers through Kalbarri National Park to learn all about the elusive Black-Flanked Rock-Wallaby!

Believed to be extinct in the Kalbarri National Park until just a few years ago, this isolated population have a story to tell.

The guided kayak tour started in the heart of town where DBCA Ranger Russell Asplund shared with 12 eager participants, his knowledge of the project that is helping to bring Kalbarri’s Black-flanked Rock-Wallaby back from the brink of local extinction.

Russel explained how in 2015, local rock climbers stumbled across the last known survivors of the Kalbarri population, prompting the establishment of a reintroduction program the following year.

On the bus ride out, Helen Waite of Kalbarri Adventure Tours provided the group with a great overview of Kalbarri and its rich history. As we arrived Helen even told us that a lucky couple had recently glimpsed the shy Rock-wallabies sunning themselves on a ledge.

NACC NRM Bushcare Officer Jarna Kendle says the key threats to these small macropods include predators like cats and foxes as well as competition from feral goats for both shelter and food.

“DBCA is actively managing invasive species within the Kalbarri National Park to curb these impacts and help the Rock-wallaby to re-populate,” said Ms Kendle.

This event was supported by NACC NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Jarna Kendle – Bushcare Officer

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