Species and current status
The Proserpine rock-wallaby Petrogale persephone is listed as 'Endangered' under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992. This is the second national recovery plan for the Proserpine rock-wallaby.
Habitat and distribution summary
The Proserpine rock-wallaby occurs in Conway National Park/Conway State Forest and areas of Conway Range, Gloucester Island National Park, Dryander National Park/Dryander State Forest, Proserpine State Forest/Clarke Range, Mt Julian, Mt Lucas and around the town of Airlie Beach. An introduced wild population exists on Hayman Island.
On the mainland this rock-wallaby prefers rocky outcrops, rock piles and cliffs within a microphyll/notophyll semi-deciduous dry vine forest. On Gloucester Island National Park the habitat includes rocky outcrops and rock piles covered with dry vine scrub, usually associated with beach scrub. At higher elevations the habitat consists of rocky outcrops, rock piles and rocky creeks within an acacia open forest.
Proserpine rock-wallabies are threatened by the following processes:
- Land clearing and habitat fragmentation (residential developments, quarrying, grazing and transport corridors)
- Introduced predators (feral dogs and cats)
- Introduced diseases (toxoplasmosis and hydatids)
- Roads and traffic
- Introduced toxic plants
The overall objective is to improve the conservation status of the Proserpine rock-wallaby through habitat protection, reducing threats to the species and increasing public participation in recovery activities.
Summary of actions
- Monitor and map known wallaby populations and colony refuge sites.
- Continue to update Proserpine rock-wallaby habitat mapping and identify areas for protection, restoration and management.
- Promote the conservation and management of Proserpine rock-wallaby habitat off protected areas.
- Identify, monitor and manage habitat areas threatened by grazing, weeds or fire.
- Develop and implement weed control strategies on Gloucester Island.
- Monitor and survey the introduced colony of rock-wallabies on Hayman Island.
- Maintain appropriate fire management procedures on Hayman Island.
- Continue to implement actions to reduce the incidence of road mortality.
- Support implementation of Whitsunday Regional Council Rural Feral Cat and Stray Cat Management Plan and dog registration program.
- Continue to encourage the replacement of toxic plants with native plants.
- Determine home ranges for colonies in close proximity to residential expansion.
- Promote and facilitate community involvement in the wallaby's recovery.