Allied Rock Wallaby, Petrogale assimilis

The allied rock wallaby (Petrogale assimilis) can be found in northeastern areas of Queensland, Australia. Its range includes the Palm and Magnetic Islands and the city of Townsville. It prefers a habitat within tropical or open woodlands with abundant grazing areas. It is common in most of its range, although it is declining slightly in the western areas. This species is similar in appearance to other wallaby species found in its range, including the Cape York rock wallaby. Although there are no current major threats to this species, it may be negatively affected by predation by feral cats and an increase in herding. It occurs in protected areas including Bowling Green Bay National Park and Blackbraes National Park. More information is needed about its habits, population numbers, and history. The allied rock wallaby currently appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: An Allied Rock Wallaby and its infant being fed capsicum on Magnetic Island. Credit: Diliff/Wikipedia  (CC BY 3.0)