WWF Says Wallaby Numbers Likely To Recover

2014 is likely to be a much safer and happier year for the Black-Flanked Rock Wallaby as a result of the completion of Nangeen Hill predator-proof fence in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt.

The electrified fence is 180 cm high and stretches for five kilometers offering protective sanctuary for 22 of these wonderful animals following a crash in their numbers to just five by May last year.

The fence was made possible by donations from supporters of the WWF as well as the Western Australia Government.

Katherine Howard a spokesperson for the WWF says there is the possibility for a huge turn around in the prospects of the Wallabies.

Ms. Howard says 2014 looks much brighter for the Nangeen Hill wallabies with the sanctuary looking as if it is free of predators such as the fox.

The WWF and the government of Western Australia will begin to revegitate the area and this means the wallabies will have plenty of natural food to munch on.

“In the presence of foxes, the wallabies are scared to venture far from their rocky shelters on the hill. As a result the area immediately surrounding the hill was badly overgrazed. This caused a weed invasion and resulted in a lot less food for the wallabies.WWF and DPaW have started collecting seeds that will be planted next winter, which means there will be a more reliable supply of food in years to come.” Ms Howard said

There are high hopes that the number of wallabies will increase in the New Year. Ms. Howard added that it is still too early to tell whether wallaby number have increased, however all the introduced females had pouch young so she remains optimistic

“Hopefully we’ll be hearing the pitter-patter of more little paws before too long.”

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