HOPE FOR VULNERABLE
Efforts to control introduced predators are benefitting the threatened black-flanked rock wallaby in the Avon Valley National Park and five small sites in the Wheatbelt.
It is believed only 500 black-flanked rock wallabies live in WA where the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Western Shield baiting program takes place.
Environment Minister, Albert Jacob, said camera monitoring at these key sites showed measures to protect the threatened species were proving successful. “The baiting of predators, including foxes and feral cats, is helping reverse the decline of the species," he said.
"A five kilometre,180 centimetre high electric fence installed in July at the Nangeenan Hill nature reserve near Merredin is providing additional protection. “It is very encouraging to see that the fence is helping this vulnerable species to recover,” Mr Jacob said.
"Infrared cameras which allow staff from DPaW and WWF-Australia to remotely monitor the species in areas that are difficult to access had not detected any foxes at Nangeenan Hill. “The staff are working to establish reliable food and water supplies for the wallabies at this site.“These measures will encourage the wallabies to breed,” he said.
Black-flanked rock wallabies are protected under WA’s Wildlife Conservation Act as a threatened species and have a World Conservation Union (IUCN) status of 'vulnerable’. They are only found on two WA islands as well as a few isolated locations in the Pilbara, Avon Valley, south coast and Goldfields and five small sites in the Wheatbelt.
ABOVE: The black flanked rock wallaby