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Least concern to near threatened
Rock wallabies specialise in rugged terrain and have modified feet designed to grip rock with skin friction rather than dig into soil with large claws.
Tail length: 40-70cm
What are the main threats?Rock wallabies have been deprived of available habitat due to a combination of factors such as clearing of native vegetation, weed invasion and changed patterns of fire across the landscape.
They must also cope with being killed by foxes, and they compete with livestock, feral goats and rabbits for food. This competition forces them to search for food outside their natural ranges.
For example, in New South Wales there are only 2 colonies of yellow-footed rock wallabies left, about 10km apart.
This species is considered to be in serious danger of extinction in this State.
Historically, hunting for the fur trade has also caused a decline in rock wallaby numbers. Although this is no longer a current threat, it has had a big impact on the rock wallaby population.
What is WWF doing?
Community groups are being supported to get involved in habitat protection and to work on controlling predators to save the species along with continuing surveying and monitoring to understand more about rock wallabies.
Through the Threatened Species Network, WWF Australia is supporting projects that focus on managing fire regimes and monitoring populations of brush-tailed rock wallabies and controlling predators and engaging landholders.
How you can help
Two thirds of Australia is privately managed rural land, and there is increasing recognition of the important role that private landholders can make to the conservation of biodiversity across Australia.
If you manage, live on or own land that is habitat for rock wallabies, contact your state Threatened Species Network coordinator to find out about how you can help.
You can also check the volunteer listing for your area to see if there's any opportunity to help the rock wallaby, or other Australian species.