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  • Wallaby de roca en Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. Zoológico Madrid.
  • Wallaby de roca en Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. Zoológico Madrid.
  • Wallaby de roca en Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. Zoológico Madrid.

Common name:

Rock wallaby

Scientific name:

Petrogale xanthopus xanthopus

Weight:

7-13 kg

Size:

60 cm
Mammals
Herbivore
Mountain plateau
Oceania

Conservation

Preocupación menor
Least concern

Who is it?

Its full name is the yellow-footed  rock wallaby hough it is commonly known as the rock wallaby. .

It is a recognisable marsupial due to its ringed tail and the yellow on its characteristic feet (whose rough pads prevent it from slipping).

They are very agile and leap between the rocks while they keep their tail arched over their body; they can also climb trees and sloping trunks..

Their range is the east of southern Australia nd in small populations near Queensland. They have powerful hearing.

What are its habits?

The rock wallaby is a nocturnal animal which during the day remains sheltered among the vegetation or in caves.

It lives in communities of fewer than 20 individuals. It feeds on grass, bark and bushes; it makes use of dawn and dusk to search for food (given that these are the coolest times of day).

Little is known about its breeding given the animal’s shyness and the few individuals that live outside the Australian continent. It seems that they can reproduce continually and that the females store their embryos until they are needed..

Did you know…

The population of yellow-footed wallabies is currently vulnerable due to the destruction of its natural habitat, as well as to competition with other herbivores that have been introduced into its territory (rabbits, sheep, goats), and to predators (foxes and eagles). In the past they were much sought-after for their furs. Now it is mining and farming that threaten it.

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