Common Wallaroo, Macropus robustus

The common wallaroo (Macropus robustus), also known as the wallaroo, hill wallaroo, or euro wallaroo, is a member of the Macropodidae family that is native to Australia. This species prefers a variety of habitats including rocky areas and areas with caves or dense vegetation. There are four subspecies of the common wallaroo. M. r. erubescens is most often called the Euro wallaroo. The common wallaroo is active during the night and is typically solitary. A few subspecies display sexual dimorphism, which is common in wallaroo species. It consumes shrub vegetation and grasses.

The population numbers of the common wallaroo are relatively stable, especially in preferred habitats, and the estimated population number on Barrow Island is thought to be around 1,800 individuals. Although there are no know major threats, the population on Barrow Island is thought to suffer from a lack of nutrition. On the mainland of Australia, some populations occur in protected areas. The common wallaroo appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Eastern Wallaroo, or Euro (Macropus robustus), at Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Australia. Credit: Michael Barritt & Karen May/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)