“The provision of supplementary food is one of the key strategies we are deploying to promote the survival and recovery of endangered species like the brush-tailed rock-wallaby,” Kean said. “Initial fire assessments indicate the habitat of several important brush-tailed rock-wallaby populations was burnt in the recent bushfires. The wallabies typically survive the fire itself, but are then left stranded with limited natural food as the fire takes out the vegetation around their rocky habitat.”
“This is the most widespread food drop we have ever done for brush-tailed rock-wallabies,” Kean said.
Large swaths of Australia have burned in the blazes that began months before the official fire season started.
The total number of animals affected in Australia could be as high as a billion, according to University of Sydney ecologist Christopher Dickman.
For the wallabies, the NWS government plans to provide supplementary food supplies until natural food resources and water replenish in the areas affected.
Kean said, “When we can, we are also setting up cameras to monitor the uptake of the food and the number and variety of animals there.”