The very lonely Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby


A colony of Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies (Petrogale penicillata) in Kangaroo Valley was down to one lone female, principally due to Fox and Dog predation. The colony is being bolstered through the introduction of new individuals and the establishment of an intensive fox-baiting program. This female was filmed late in the afternoon on a very hot day. Her forearms show wet fur and exposed skin from licking herself to reduce body temperature.

Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales

Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 70–200mm f2.8, effective focal length used 255 mm, 1/40, f10, ISO 200, manual exposure, tripod, fill-flash

Status: The Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby is sparsely distributed in south eastern Australia, where it is found in rocky habitats such as gorges and rock outcrops. It is listed as Near Threatened.

by Ford Kristo, New South Wales