Conservation status: critically endangered
Banner image, Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby at Mt Rothwell. Photo by Pete James
Currently, there are only around 200 Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies in existence, and very recently the threat of the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires was almost enough to wipe out the entire species. Odonata’s homebase, Mt Rothwell, is home to 150 of these animals, the largest population of these wallabies, and we have plans to release more into a new sanctuary site in 2023.
Odonata's work with the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby is a key example of how sanctuaries play such a vital role in the breeding, protection and survival of threatened species. Using sanctuaries to future-proof this species is an important step towards down-listing its' conservation status and also hopefully allowing it to thrive beyond-the-fence one day.
Sponsor a Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby today and you will make a significant contribution to the translocating, rehoming and breeding of this critically endangered species. We need more sanctuaries to support breeding rock-wallaby populations so that they are safe from predators, genetically diverse and also well-spread so that the threat of natural disaster does not spell catastrophe for the entire species.