family Macropodidae includes a number of genus, including the commonly known
kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies.
This family of marsupials are one of the
most popular tourist attractions, with the kangaroo being one of Australia's
iconic images. Whilst a number of species may be vulnerable or endangered, there
are a number of places throughout Australia where visitors can get up close to
these marsupials either in wildlife conservation or zoo parks settings. There
are also numerous locations throughout Australia, where you can see kangaroos,
wallaroos and wallabies in the natural habitat.
The genus include:
no longer found on the mainland of Australia, the single species commonly
known as the Banded Hare-wallaby is now restricted to the Islands of
Bernier and Dorre off Western Australia.
there are 12 species of this genus, commonly known as Tree-kangaroo.
They are found in rainforests habitats of far north-eastern Queensland,
nearby islands and New Guinea.
the 4 species in this genus are native to Papua New Guinea and/or
the 2 species in this genus are native to Papua New Guinea and/or
contains all but one of the species referred to as hare-wallabies. Of the
4 species, 2 are now extinct.
with 14 species, in 3 subgenus, this grouping includes the kangaroos,
wallaroos and several species of wallaby.
of the 3 species, the Crescent Nail-tail Wallaby is extinct, the Bridled
Nail-tail Wallaby is endangered, with the Northern Nail-tail Wallaby not
listed as threatened.
there are a number of species, commonly referred to as Rock Wallabies.
the Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) is a small macropod now restricted to
a small area in south-west of Western Australia. Can be seen as a protected
species on Rottnest Island and Bald Island.
contain several species of small kangroo-like animals, more
commonly named pademelon.
Swamp Wallaby, species W. bicolor.