Agile Wallaby, Macropus agilis

The agile wallaby (Macropus agilis), or the sandy wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in New Guinea and northern Australia. It is the most common wallaby species in its Australian range, where it prefers to reside near streams or rivers in open grasslands, woodlands, and coastal areas. In New Guinea, it prefers to reside in lowland savannah habitats. It holds four recognized subspecies.

The agile wallaby is light tan in color, with pale fur occurring on the underbelly. It is a social species, gathering in groups of up to ten individuals that may join with other groups to form large aggregations. It can breed year round and it consumes plant materials like grass.

Although the agile wallaby as a whole is not threatened, local populations in southeastern New Guinea are threatened by over hunting. In some areas of northern Australia, illegal hunting and trade occurs, and in other areas, it is thought to be a pest, but these threats are not likely to endanger the species. This species is thought to occur in several protected areas in northern Australia and appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

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