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.
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.
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crustacean resembling a small lobster. Also called a crawdad or crayfish.
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