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Toolache Wallaby, Macropus greyi

The Toolache wallaby (Macropus greyi), also known as Grey’s Wallaby, is an extinct species that was once found in a range that extended from south-eastern areas of South Australia to South-western Victoria. It was a sociable species that preferred to remain in strict territories. This species was known to be beautiful, and was marked with alternating stripes across its back. These varied from light to dark in color. The movements of this species are said to have been graceful and fast.

It is thought that the Toolache wallaby was hunted to near extinction, although habitat destruction due to pastoralism also played a role. It was prized by sport hunters for its soft fur. The population numbers of this species remained high until 1910, after which it was rarely seen until 1923. The last known population of only fourteen individuals was seen near Robe in the Konetta sheep run. Rescue operations were conducted, with one female and her young surviving in Robe until 1939. Other efforts conducted by Professor Wood Jones included attempts to capture and relocate four individuals to Kangaroo Island, but all four died of shock. It is thought that one wallaby was successfully captured in 1943, but this cannot be confirmed.

Image Caption: Macropus greyi (orig. Halmaturus greyi). Credit: John Gould/Wikipedia

Toolache Wallaby Macropus greyi


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