Black-striped Wallaby

The handsome black-striped wallaby (Macropus dorsalis) lives on both sides of the Great Dividing Range from Townsville to northern NSW. Grey-brown in colour, the black-striped wallaby is distinguished by the narrow black stripe that extends from its crown to its rump; rust-red patches on its shoulders, arms and upper legs; and prominent white cheek and hip stripes.

The black-striped wallaby is an endangered animal in NSW. Only small and isolated populations survive in the Border Rivers/Gwydir, Namoi and Northern Rivers catchment management authority regions.

Threats to the black-striped wallaby and its habitat

Black-striped wallaby habitat is usually dense woody and shrubby vegetation near open, grassy areas, where it feeds. However, its habitat has been extensively cleared due to agriculture and forestry, and what remains is fragmented and isolated. Grazing of the black-striped wallaby’s habitat by domestic stock, feral goats and rabbits; predation by foxes; weed invasions; and illegal shooting or poisoning have also exacted a terrible toll.

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Solutions – What can be done?

Controlling goat and rabbit numbers and grazing pressures from domestic stock, better fire management and weed control are the keys to the black-striped wallaby’s recovery. Land managers could also help to reconnect patches of known and potential wallaby habitat with wide, densely vegetated corridors.

The Nature Conservation Trust’s conservation work on private lands is helping to protect habitat for the black-striped wallaby.