Kunzy survives Victorian fires
Kunzy the Rock Wallaby.
They breed them tough in the ACT, at least when it comes to brush-tailed rock wallabies.
When a bushfire tore through the Grampians National Park in Victoria in February, it threatened a rocky outcrop that is home to a group of released brush-tailed rock wallabies.
Staff from the ACT Parks and Conservation Service joined forces with their NSW counterparts to help fight the flames, and when the fire was contained, Kunzy appeared.
Kunzy the brush-tailed rock wallaby was born and reared in the ACT’s Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, then released in the Grampians late last year.
There are only 40 brush-tailed rock wallabies left in the wild, and Kunzy’s appearance signalled to conservationists that at least some of the Grampians population had survived.
ACT Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury welcomed the news and highlighted the success of the local breeding program.
“Tidbinbilla’s Animal Breeding Centre has bred 56 joeys in the last five years with 23 released back into the Grampians in Victoria including, Kunzy,’’ he said.