Bridled Nailtail Wallaby

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Flashjack wallaby (Bryan Siebel)

Snow leopards: approximately 5000 left in the wild

Giant Panda: approximately 1500 left in the wild

Bridled nailtial wallaby: 200 to 400 left in the wild

Until 1973 the last reported sighting of a Bridled Nailtail, or Flashjack, wallaby was in 1937. The animal was presumed extinct and added to the lengthy list of species that have disappeared from the Australian continent over the past 200 years. Then, in 1973, the animal was reported on a cattle station near the town of Dingo, Central Queensland. This was an astonishing find, providing the opportunity to protect a species considered forever lost from the earth.

A joey

The population that was discovered live in what has become Taunton National Park, a scientific park dedicated to the protection of the wallabies. From that group of animals two other populations have been established at Idalia National Park (since 1994) and Avocet Nature Reserve (since 2001). These new populations act as insurance against the potential catastrophic loss of the Taunton animals. However, despite these efforts research shows that urgent action is needed to manage all 3 populations and that a significant amount of money, expertise and will is required if the extinction of this animal in the wild is actually to be prevented. This urgency cannot be overstated - the latest population estimates show that there are approximately 200-400 (max) individuals left in the wild in Queensland, having declined substantially over recent years. The Flashjack wallaby now counts as one of the world's most endangered mammals - despite being highly conservable.  Conservation programs in Queensland had largely failed until recently, largely due to government bureaucracy and senior-level mis-managment.

For these reasons, in 2006 it was decided that a trust specifically charged with the conservation of the species and its habitat should be established. Out of this decision the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby Trust (BNW Trust) was born, and began work in late 2007. By 2011 the Trust had pulled together all interested parties into a cohesive strategic group. Since mid-2012 there has been a substantial increase in effort and resources by the Queensland State Government, and real progess is being made.

The colours for the Trust are inspired by the Brigalow woodlands that grow in the sun-scorched Outback; red earth, blue sky and silver Brigalow leaves.