Black-footed rock wallabies steal hearts at Sal Salis
When you think of wildlife you may encounter during your stay at Sal Salis, you probably think of the stars of Ningaloo Reef: whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, orcas and humpback whales.
So, you may be surprised to learn that one of our most lovable locals is actually a gorge-dwelling marsupial!
Black-footed rock wallabies are closely related to kangaroos, and they are as cute as they are elusive.
Known as black-footed or black-flanked rock wallabies, they are primarily grey with black paws and a black tip at the end of their tail, which perfectly camouflages them in their rocky habitat. They are much smaller than kangaroos, growing up to just 50cm tall.
Although they are camouflaged, little and like to hide in dark, shady places, our talented guides know where and when to find them in the magnificent nearby gorges of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park.
Black-footed rock wallabies are quite rare and can only be found in a few locations in North-West and central Australia. There is a large population of them in the Cape Range National Park of Australia’s Coral Coast, especially Pilgonoman Gorge, which boasts the biggest population of them on the North West Cape. They can also be spotted in Mandu Mandu and Yardie Creek Gorges.
The best time to spot black-footed rock wallabies is when it’s cool and dark, so we offer guests the opportunity to see them on guided tours at sunrise and sunset.
Black-footed rock wallabies leave their young inside caves while they venture out to find food such as Yardie Creek morning glory and bush fig trees.
Whilst their main defence is their trusty camouflage, these agile little creatures can jump up to 4 metres to escape predators such as feral cats, dingoes, wedge tail eagles and feral goats.
So, be sure to join us for a guided walk during your stay at Sal Salis to catch a glimpse of our beloved and rare black-footed rock wallabies.
Sal Salis Photo Comp
2018 Sal Salis guests are encouraged to enter our photo competition by posting their best photos and videos to our Facebook or Instagram account for the chance to WIN a three-night stay with us in 2019!
Head to our Facebook page to post your photos and videos, tag @Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and include #SalSalisPhotoComp and #SalSalisNingalooReef hashtags. Or post your content on Instagram, with the aforementioned hashtags. If you are not on social media, please email your photos and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.