Nature conservation

Threatened species

Red-legged Pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica)

Saving our Species strategy

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

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This species is distributed across relatively large areas and is subject to threatening processes that generally act at the landscape scale (e.g. habitat loss or degradation) rather than at distinct, defineable locations.

Conservation status

Management objectives

This SoS strategy aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

The map below displays the species’ distribution in NSW, based upon the species’ geographic range, habitat distribution or area of occupancy (to as high a resolution as available data allow, using a range of data sources).

Information about the species’ habitat and ecology is available here.

The map may also display one or more management sites where management of important populations is underway. More information is available in the tables below.


The species occurs in the following IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) regions in NSW:

New England Tablelands
NSW North Coast
South Eastern Queensland

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

32% of the species' distribution occurs on reserve (within NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service estate).

Critical actions for this species

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed species are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change and disease. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this species are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Liaise with land managers and consent authorities to ensure the maintenance of corridor vegetation connecting areas of key habitat during logging operations.Site
Liaise with land managers responsible for fire management to encourage avoidance of burning areas in or near known habitat.Site, Area
Conduct strategic bush regeneration in areas of known habitat to progressively replace lantana understorey with native vegetation.Site
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of wild dogs to benefit populations of pademelons.Site, Area
Negotiate agreements with relevant landholders (preferably in-perpetuity covenants) that maintain areas of habitat and vegetation connectivity between reserved areas. Where possible incorporate management strategies that maintain habitat quality such as grazing and fire management strategies.Site
Identify and implement restoration and revegetation projects at areas where connectivity between large areas of known habitat is compromised, with the aim of increasing the width, condition and security of critical landscape links.Site, Area
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of invasive horses to benefit populations of pademelons.Site, Area
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of invasive pigs to benefit populations of pademelons.Site, Area
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of invasive rabbits to benefit populations of pademelons.Site
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of foxes to benefit populations of pademelons.Site, Area
Implement best-practice, strategic, adaptive management of cats to benefit populations of pademelons.Site, Area
Opportunistically collect blood samples to investigate prevalence of disease and genetic diversity, store data in a centralised database.State
Monitor species response to fire when implementing hazard reduction works in areas of known habitat. Monitoring should cover the altitudinal and latitudinal range of the species.Area

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, 4 management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Northern NSW Ranges Priority management siteActive Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, Tweed 
Gibraltar Range Priority management siteActive Clarence Valley, Glen Innes Severn, Tenterfield 
Northern New South Wales Escarpment and Tablelands Priority management siteActive Armidale Regional, Bellingen, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Glen Innes Severn 
Cottan-Bimbang National Park Priority management siteActive Mid-Coast, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Walcha 

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.