The Wonderful World of Wallabies

Photographer: Dr David Pearson of Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia

For decades it was thought that the black-flanked rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis lateralis) was extinct in the Kalbarri National Park — driven out by feral pests and predators.

That was until 2015 when the rare black-flanked rock-wallaby was sighted at Kalbarri National Park by a rock climber, who photographed and filmed two of the wallabies in a gorge.

In 2016, with funding assistance from the WWF, 23 Black-flanked rock-wallabies were flown-in from healthy populations in the Wheatbelt. This successful reintroduction has recently been followed up with another 23 animals being released into the Park.

The successful re-introduction has made headline news all around the country, and generated quite a lot of public interest.

If any NACC Notes readers would like to know more about the exciting re-introduction of the species into the Park and the feral predator control activities that has made it possible, they are invited to join NACC and Department of Parks and Wildlife for a free information session which will be held in Kalbarri on Friday 30 June.

WA Parks and Wildlife ecologist Juanita Renwick will describe feral cat control trials being undertaken, followed by Parks and Wildlife Nature Conservation Leader Anthony Desmond who will talk about the rock-wallaby reintroductions. Attendees will also be able to find out about NACC’s Feral Fix project, and how landholders can control feral predators on their properties.

For more information or to RVSP, please contact NACC Biodiversity Coordinator Jessica Stingemore on (E) or (P) 9938 0106.


This event is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program, supported by Royalties for Regions.

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