The region’s s steep crevasses and lush waterways create a unique habitat for animals that call the “West Macs” home. Watch this video, from the Nat Geo WILD series “Destination Wild,” to meet one of these creatures: the black-flanked rock wallaby.Use the video and a map of the MacDonnell Ranges to answer questions in the Questions tab, and learn more about rock wallabies in our Fast Facts.
Take a look at our MapMaker Interactive map of the MacDonnell Ranges. What are the two big national parks that span the “West Macs”?
Besides the black-flanked rock wallaby, what other animals do you think have adapted to the landscape of the MacDonnell Ranges?
Black-flanked rock wallabies have thick, textured skin on their hind feet. This helps them cling to steep rock surfaces.
Wallabies live in groups called mobs. Mobs of black-flanked rock wallabies can range in size from 10 to 100 individuals.
Rock wallabies can weigh up to 9 kilograms (20 pounds). Dingoes, foxes, and feral cats are predators of the black-flanked rock wallaby.
Black-flanked rock wallabies are herbivores. They feed mostly on grasses, fruits, and other vegetation.
Black-flanked rock wallabies, sometimes called black-footed rock wallabies, are classified as “near-threatened” by the IUCN. They are not endangered.
There are 16 species of rock wallabies. All species are indigenous to Australia and Oceania.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry adaptation Noun
a modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence. An adaptation is passed from generation to generation.
Encyclopedic Entry: adaptation arid Adjective
guiding landmark or signal, especially one in an elevated position.
crustacean resembling a small lobster. Also called a crawdad or crayfish.
deep crack, especially in a glacier.
Encyclopedic Entry: crevasse feral Adjective
wild or untamed, but descended from domesticated animals.
environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.
Encyclopedic Entry: habitat herbivore Noun
organism that eats mainly plants and other producers.
Encyclopedic Entry: herbivore iconic Adjective
event or symbol representing a belief, nation, or community.
characteristic to or of a specific place.
the geographic features of a region.
Encyclopedic Entry: landscape marsupial Noun
mammal that carries its young in a pouch on the mother's body.
national park Noun
geographic area protected by the national government of a country.
threatened species Noun
organism that may soon become endangered.
one of a kind.
all the plant life of a specific place.
body of water that serves as a route for transportation.