NSW Government Saving our Species program enjoys success at Aussie Ark

Brush-tailed rock-wallaby and her joey. Photo Aussie Ark
Brush-tailed rock-wallaby and her joey. Photo Aussie Ark

TWO bouncing brush-tailed rock wallabies have been born at Barrington Tops marking success for a captive breeding population aimed at securing the future of this threatened species.

The NSW Government Saving our Species program is celebrating the birth of the endangered joeys at Aussie Ark's Barrington wildlife sanctuary.

Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) Senior Threatened Species Officer Deb Ashworth said the duo were the newest members of the government's breeding population.

"The brush-tailed rock wallaby was once common throughout its range in NSW. Sadly, as a result of predation by foxes and wild dogs, competition with feral goats and ongoing drought conditions, these beautiful wallabies are now considered an endangered species in NSW," Dr Ashworth said.

"We're ecstatic that our captive breeding program with Aussie Ark has successfully produced two new animals.

"While these pouch young are yet to take their first hops, they already have an important role to play in the long term conservation of their species."

The joeys have been spotted poking their heads out of their mother's pouches.

Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner said the Aussie Ark team are closely monitoring the joeys and are happy to report they are healthy and being well looked after by their mums.

"The birth of these joeys is a fantastic achievement, both for Aussie Ark and for the species as a whole. With the number of wild brush-tailed rock-wallabies in continual decline, these joeys offer a glimmer of hope for the future of the species," Mr Faulkner said.

"These joeys will remain safe in our purpose-built facility protected from foxes and other predators, until they are old enough to be released back into a wild or enter the breeding program themselves."

The Saving our Species program leads the brush-tailed rock-wallaby captive breeding program, working in partnership with Aussie Ark.

This program is an integral part of the NSW conservation plan for brush-tailed rock wallabies which aims to reverse the decline in population numbers by reducing pests and reintroducing captive-born animals to suitable habitats.