Bouncing in Bigger Backyards
Although not common to most suburban backyards, wallabies and roos will visit backyards that are near bushland and will certainly frequently visit those lucky enough to have big backyards.
Drought has been bringing wallabies and roos closer to towns in search of food and water. The most common ones you might see are Red-necked wallabies,Swamp Wallabies and Eastern Grey Kangaroos.
But many wallaby species need a helping hand from us to avoid extinction. All rock-wallabies in Australia are threatened.
Right now funds raised through the Backyard Buddies program are now helping out the Black-footed Rock-wallabies in the Northern Territory. Wallabies are marsupials that belong to the animal group Macropods which means ‘large footed’. Other macropods include kangaroos, pademelons, wallaroos and tree-kangaroos.
- Drive slowly between dawn and dusk when the animals are most active.
- Train your dog not to chase wallabies and keep it indoors at night.
- Join or start a bush care group. Your native animals will all benefit.
- Keep the phone number of your wildlife rescue group in your car in case you come across an injured wallaby.
- Feeding wallabies. Human food such as bread can lead to gum diseases and other health problems.
- Using garden chemicals in areas where wallabies may eat.
- Barbed wire fences, which can injure them as they search for food and water.
In the Big Backyard- Beautiful Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies hop around!
Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies are easily recognised by their long, bushy, dark brown tail that is bushier towards the tip. It has pale belly fur, a white cheek strip and a black stripe on its forehead. It is a small and muscular wallaby and is well at home in its rocky habitat.
These lovely wallabies live in south-east Queensland all the way down to the Grampians in western Victoria.They love rocky outcrops, escarpments and cliffs with caves and ledges.
During the day they hide amongst their rocky habitat or bask in the sunlight. They are most active at night when they eat grasses, leaves and fruits that grow nearby.
Sadly, Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies are a vulnerable species across Australia. They need our help.
In 2011 and 2012 the Foundation is funding a project to help restore life to the degraded wetlands of the Murray Darling Basin, including the Macquarie Marshes where Blue-billed Ducks and many other creatures including frogs live.
You too can help protect and conserve our amazing native species and their habitats. Donate today and help save the Australia’s threatened species before it’s too late.
Donate today by calling 02 9221 1949. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible and we will send you a receipt.
Every donation, no matter how much, helps make a big difference to saving threatened species.