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Proserpine rock-wallaby
The Rock Wallaby is a shy and nervous animal, who is very good at quickly and quietly moving away over the rocks when it feels threatened. This, coupled with the fact that the rainforest is so dense, probably helps explain why such a large animal escaped scientific notice for so long.
Description:
Head-body length: 501-640mm (males); 526-630mm (females)
Tail length: 580-676mm (males); 515-624mm (females)
Weight: 5.6-8.8kg (males); 4.1-6.4kg (females)
The overall fur colour is light brown (grey in freshly moulted individuals) turning to yellow-brown on the outer limbs. Its hands and feet are black. The head has a white stripe running along upper lip and face to the level of the ear. The last third of the tail is black but usually ends in a white tip.
Food and Habitat
The Proserpine rock-wallaby lives in a very restricted habitat and can only be located in the large boulder piles found in the deciduous rainforests in the Proserpine Whitsunday region.
The Proserpine rock wallaby is extremely vulnerable to habitat loss or disturbance. It is presently endangered by the rapid rate of development from the tourism and agricultural industries and from urban development. In addition to habitat loss, development has caused many colonies to be cut off from one another permanently. It is also thought to have declined partly as a result of competition with the more widely distributed unadorned rock wallaby.
Life history and behaviour:
These rock-wallabies are mostly nocturnal, resting in sheltered areas during the day. Observations show that leaves probably make up an important part of their diet. In drier periods they may also move to the forest edge to feed on grasses.

The Proserpine rock-wallaby has a 33-35 day gestation period and the young spend another 209 days in the pouch. After leaving the pouch it takes another 122 days before they are fully weaned. Females can also be pregnant with another partially developed embryo while they have a joey in the pouch. This allows them to reproduce quickly if conditions are suitable. This embryo only continues to development once the joey is just about to leave the pouch, and is usually born the same day that the pouch becomes empty.

Key Facts

Hayman Island still has a colony of Proserpine Rock Wallaby’s so always keep your eyes out when you are on the beach.  Please do not feed these animals and be careful you do not disturb them if you do any bush walking.

 

 

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