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Yellow-footed rock wallabies have a couple of things working in their favour. They are amazingly quick and agile on the often vertical rock faces they inhabit.

Their wonderful colouring also blends in well amongst the rocks and caves.

They were once in abundant numbers in the Flinders Ranges, the Gawler Ranges towards West Australian and the Olary Hills near Broken Hill.

However despite being protected, their numbers are perilously low and under threat from goats, sheep and rabbits but in particular foxes and feral cats. Droughts too can play are role in their survival.

Only small colonies exist these days, a far cry from the many thousands that were around over a hundred years ago.

Unfortunately it’s not all plain sailing for these beautiful little creatures despite greater understanding of their situation..