Island living suits rock wallabies

A NEW study has shown a population of endangered wallabies on Gloucester Island National Park appear to be thriving, despite living in relatively harsh conditions.

National Parks minister Steve Dickson said a recent joint survey by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), Reef Catchments and Wild Mob volunteers had found the island's Proserpine rock wallabies in good health.

"The overall condition of the animals was very good, showing they have adapted to life on the island," he said.

Although veterinary assessments found no significant health issues, blood and DNA samples and detailed measurements were taken for later analysis and comparison with mainland populations.

Reef Catchments, Wild Mob and QPWS rangers also removed weeds within four habitat areas on Gloucester Island, while EcoBarge Clean Seas Inc and Wild Mob removed hundreds of kilograms of marine debris, benefiting the wallabies, nesting sea turtles and shore birds.

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