Nature conservation

Threatened species

Black-striped Wallaby (Macropus dorsalis)



Saving our Species strategy

This species has been assigned to the Partnership (widespread) management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

Less than 10% of the species' total population occurs within NSW.

Conservation status

Strategic importance

The black-striped wallaby is a small to medium sized wallaby often misidentified as other wallaby species, and in particular the more common red-necked wallaby. The species is considered common in Qld although there has been no recent research or studies and anecdotal evidence suggests their range may be contracting there. Their distribution in NSW is scattered between discrete populations on small reserves and in the Pilliga forests in north-western NSW, with a more continuous population throughout far north-eastern NSW. The species has a reputation as a pest animal in Qld due to its tendency to forage across cultivated fields. Throughout their range in north-western NSW, many of the isolated populations have multiple threats and lack of connectivity, which could result in limited opportunities for breeding and loss of genetic viability. In recent years monitoring through camera trapping has indicated a reduction in the population across the Border Ranges and northern Richmond Range. Further research and monitoring are required across the species distribution to determine the importance of connectivity and patch size in supporting isolated populations.

Conservation status in other Australian jurisdictions

Conservation status in other Australian jurisdictions not available.

Management objectives

This SoS strategy aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, 2 management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Northern New South Wales Ranges Priority management siteActive Gwydir, Moree Plains, Narrabri 
Brigalow Belt Priority management siteProposed Gwydir, Moree Plains, Narrabri 

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