Dear Friend of Wildlife,
For the average Australian, weeds in the backyard are a nuisance and an eyesore, yet relatively easy to deal with. For this native Australian, they’re a threat to survival.
The brush-tailed rock wallaby (BTRW), once wide-spread and abundant within its preferred habitat from the Grampians in Victoria to Nanango in Queensland, now has a substantially reduced distribution and is listed as
Vulnerable at both a state and federal level.
Already limited to naturally fragmented habitat - rocky outcrops and escarpments - this iconic species now faces the added threats, in addition to weeds, of habitat degradation and loss, pressure from introduced animal species (feral goats, rabbits, feral pigs, foxes and feral cats), altered fire regimes and population isolation.
However, there is an opportunity
to enhance a key area of available habitat in southern Queensland to allow for the expansion and health of an existing population of BTRWs, thereby enabling their long-term survival.
Here's why this is so exciting:
- They’re right here, in our backyard - Queensland is fortunate enough to have one of only three main populations of brush-tailed rock wallabies: the northern evolutionary significant unit (ESU)
- There’s something we can do immediately - In accordance with the population-specific Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby Recovery Plan developed by Ipswich City Council, BTRWs within the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate need our help to restore degraded foraging habitat around historically occupied but currently unused denning sites.
This is exciting for the BTRW!
Together, we can have an immediate positive impact on this vulnerable native species.
We can improve foraging habitat suitable to sustain a breeding colony of brush-tailed rock wallabies at this historical denning site.
We can help them bounce back – before it’s too late!
The Wildlife Queensland team is ready
to roll up its sleeves and take the following required action in 2019:
- Reduce weed biomass in a known BTRW foraging location
- Engage and manage community volunteers to assist with the project
- Monitor BTRW activity at the site, before and after weed control activities
- Identify the occurrence of introduced plant and animal species that inhabit and frequent the site, and communicate the results to Ipswich City Council for inclusion in vertebrate pest control programs
- Facilitate the occupation of currently unused denning sites by BTRW through improved foraging habitat.
You can join us
By 30 December, Wildlife Queensland aims to commit $30,000 to the recovery of the vulnerable brush-tailed rock wallaby.
Please, will you help us take the required action to enable the long-term survival of this iconic native species?
Unlike so many others, it is not too late for this naturally shy animal battling the weeds and so many other pressures in its own backyard. Together, we can work to bring the northern BTRWs home this Christmas season. Together, we can
help the brush-tailed rock wallaby BOUNCE BACK!
President, Wildlife Queensland.
P.S.: It only takes a minute in the present to help change the future forever for the brush-tailed rock wallabies of the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate. YOU can help them bounce back - right now!