Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby population stable at Buckaringa
- Field Program
- Science: surveys and research
- Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby
May 2014: The biannual Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby survey was carried out at Buckaringa Wildlife Sanctuary, where AWC protects one of the largest populations of this Vulnerable species. AWC staff and long-term volunteers recorded 27 Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies at 12 permanent observation points across the sanctuary.
To actively protect this species, AWC’s delivers fox and goat control at Buckargina and cooperates with neighbours to conduct predator and competitor management elsewhere in the region. We measure the effectiveness of our programs using the survey data to provide a population index of abundance and long-term trends, as illustrated in the below graph.
The May 2014 survey count was higher than the previous two years as the population responds to the active fox and goat control programs. The higher numbers recorded during 2010 and 2011 were likely due to higher rainfall in that period, with numbers gradually declining thereafter as conditions have returned to long-term averages.