Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale xanthropus) - 

Adapted for life on the dry, rocky outcrops of Southern Australia and South New Wales, this small, tri-colored wallaby only stands about 2 feet tall.  Their long tails and large, gripping feet make them excellent at jumping and maneuvering their rocky homes.

These little marsupials used to run the hills of Australia.  But due to pelt hunting and overpopulation of foxes and goats, they have been pushed to the southern regions of Australia.  A large part of their population is in protected and private land.  However since wallabies and kangaroos have the ability to freeze pregnancy, they can always be carrying young.  They also have food that is harder to reach for other grazers, so their numbers are hovering.  Currently, they are listed as vulnerable. 

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Posted on Friday, 6 September
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