The MacDonnell Ranges stand out like a beacon in Australia’s flat, arid landscape
 
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.
  1. Take a look at our MapMaker Interactive map of the MacDonnell Ranges. What are the two big national parks that span the “West Macs”?

  2. 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.

Noun

a modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence. An adaptation is passed from generation to generation.

arid
Adjective

dry.

beacon
Noun

guiding landmark or signal, especially one in an elevated position.

crawfish
Noun

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

Noun

deep crack, especially in a glacier.

feral
Adjective

wild or untamed, but descended from domesticated animals.

Noun

environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

Noun

organism that eats mainly plants and other producers.

iconic
Adjective

event or symbol representing a belief, nation, or community.

Adjective

characteristic to or of a specific place.

Noun

the geographic features of a region.

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.

unique
Adjective

one of a kind.

vegetation
Noun

all the plant life of a specific place.

waterway
Noun

body of water that serves as a route for transportation.