The endangered yellow-footed Rock-wallaby is the most strikingly coloured member of the kangaroo family. The main reasons yellow-footed rock-wallabies have all but disappeared in NSW are fox attacks on young wallabies and feral goats encroaching on wallaby habitat.
In NSW the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby was first recorded in 1964 near Mutawintji, in the Coturaundee Ranges. The two small mountain ranges in the far west of the state are still the only known places where the species survives.
The habitat of the surviving population was on private land, granting no protection for the colony.
In 1979, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife purchased 10,000 hectares of this land, now part of Mutawintji National Park, for the conservation and protection of the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby. Further funds were allocated to pest eradication targeting foxes and goats.
Annual surveys of Mutawintji National Park confirm that the population is now recovering, having grown every year since 1995. There are now between 300 and 400 Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies.
A well presented, well focused and most interesting image of an animal I have only a few times on photographs. Although it appears to be shy or a bit afraid it looks as if it has given you a real pose. I just love the all in the air ears, the big eyes, the wet snout, and the lovely fur. A great image of this endangered animal. Thanks for sharing. It was lovely to look at.