Fun Facts

These wallabies are very nimble and use their large padded feet and long tail to balance as they hop around their rocky home. 

Black-flanked Rock Wallabies do not need to drink water. They conserve water by sheltering in caves during the day to escape hot temperatures, then come out in the early evening to feed on grass, leaves, bark and fruit. 

Black-flanked Rock Wallabies live in groups called colonies. They rarely make a sound, and it's thought they communicate using a complex range of behaviours and chemical signals. 

These marsupials have an incredible ability to pause the development of an embryo until the environmental conditions are perfect for their joey to grow. The embryo development can be paused for weeks and months, and in extreme cases, up to a couple of years. 

Black-flanked rock wallabies are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List. Source: Burbidge, A.A. & Woinarski, J. 2016. Petrogale lateralisThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T16751A21955343. Accessed on 28 July 2023.