The black-flanked rock-wallaby’s habitat includes the desert and bush in many parts of Northern and Western Australia, such as the Kimberley, and is another species at risk from climate change.
As the temperatures warm, we'll see more severe and longer droughts, resulting in increased competition for less food, as well as habitat loss. The main concern? That these beautiful animals, who don’t like to roam outside their habitat range to look for food, will have nowhere to go.
A temperature increase as small as 0.5 °C in their key habitat areas, like the Recherche Archipelago, the Western Australian Wheatbelt and Barrow Island, would make them practically inhabitable for the black-flanked rock-wallaby.
While black-flanked rock-wallabies are currently listed as ‘vulnerable’, rock-wallabies on the whole are considered highly endangered.
Learn more about these vulnerable marsupials below and the work already being done to protect them and their homes.