Wallabies in the ACT

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Wallabies in the ACT
From: David Rees <>
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 07:04:59 +0000
Think the last one to go locally was the Brush-tailed rock Wallaby in about 1959 and the Eastern Betong in the early 1900s - now being returned here from Tasmania.  I can see no record of another  macropod that has gone extinct locally in the last 100 years or so since reasonable scientific records have been kept.  Story is different further west.  

A lot has gone since human settlement - including the megafauna - though it was probably the extreme dry during Ice age events that did most of the distruction there, predation by indigenous Australians of these animals for food may have tipped some over the edge when they were struggling, maybe.  


On Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 4:24 PM, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
No doubt there will be, although I wonder if you mean those who have become extinct within the period that we had a designated ACT, or the last 200 years i.e. likely due to European colonisation, or the last maybe 50000 (?) years during aboriginal colonisation.


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From: Con Boekel [
Sent: Tuesday, 5 September, 2017 9:49 AM
To: m("","canberrabirds");">
Subject: Wallabies in the ACT


Thanks for the list. And good on all those who support in any way, shape
or fashion the restoration, revival or survival of the species facing an
existential crisis.

Are there any totally extinct species of wallaby/kangaroo which formerly
lived in the ACT?



On 9/5/2017 9:14 AM, Don Fletcher wrote:
> Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus)
> Common Wallaroo (Macropus robustus) (dark phase rather than the more rufous
> phase 'Euro' to the west)
> Red-necked Wallaby  (Macropus rufogriseus)
> Swamp or Black Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)
> Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) in Tidbinbilla enclosures
> Eastern Bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) in the fenced Mulligans Flat Woodland
> Sanctuary, in the trial release area of Lower Cotter catchment and in the
> Tidbinbilla enclosures.
> Long-nosed Potoroo (Potorous tridactylus) in the Tidbinbilla enclosures
>> '-----Original Message-----
>> 'From: Terry Bell [mailto:m("","terrybellbird");">com]
>> 'Sent: Tuesday, 5 September 2017 8:59 AM
>> 'To: chatline canberrabirds <m("","canberrabirds");">>
>> 'Subject: [canberrabirds] Wallabies in the ACT
>> '
>> 'For identification purposes I am enquiring whether there is a bird
> watching
>> 'nature lover who could list all types of wallabies  that we could
> encounter in
>> 'our activities.

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