Canberra Roos Saved, But lost the Wallabies!

The other week I posted on Canberra’s Defence Department’s plans to cull 500 or so Kangaroos….

What is a cull? it is the destruction of a group of animals either partly or in full..

A cull is usually carried out when the numbers of a species reach a point where they are suffering from lack of feed or disease…. However this was a matter of convenience rather than egology….

I wish to thank all those who signed the petition, and have been proactive about stopping this… the Kangaroos will be relocated to NSW.  One small problem In NSW you can go shoot a roo…. thats right … so rather than relocate them to an area outside the city of Canberra, they will be moved to NSW…

At least I guess they will have a chance… no fences…

While all the worlds attention was focused so deligently on Canberra’s wishes to kill our National Icon in our Nations Capital, up in the Northern Territory… at Tindall Air force Base.. approximately 700 wallabies where shot dead….

So we saved the Roos and lost the Wallabies…this is what they shot


In the township of Katherine reports of an explosion in Wallaby numbers has lead to as many as 50 a day being hit on the road…

On the ABC questions where asked on “What was reason behind the Cull?”, “why these animals where not relocated?”

Efforts where made to herd the wallabies out of the Fence, all but 50, didnt want to leave…. so instead they shot the reamining 690…. sighting safety concerned for aircraft landing and taking off… the Air Force had cancelled night Flight for several months as it had become dangerous with the numbers of animals…

Australia’s has to date lost over1/3 of all its mammels since we came here 200 years ago… the Aboriginals where here for 50,000 years before that and not much damage was done….

So why are  loosing our unique creatures, it is in part due to the natural cycle, but a growing number of scientist believe we are entering the 6th mass extinction event… the only difference between this time and the 5 previous is this is cause by just one species….US!

There are several reasons for humans being blamed,

land clearing,



yes our old friend global warming,

the introduction of species,



cargo ships,

ballast water,

the list goes on….

Now we think we can kill a hundreds of animals of the same species and have little or no effect on their population….

Are we really so stupid to think we know better than Nature…

she has been a dam fine job without our help until now…. after all when times are hard the numbers fall when times are good they increase… this increases the gene pool and allows the stronger animals to breed and gives the next generation a healthy start…

Perhaps it is time we let nature take care of it self… and start taking responsibility for the Great blood y mess we have created and help her along a bit..

What do you think?

The following is an inclomplete list of all Australian Animals listed as extinct since Europeans first came to Australia, pretty shameful isnt it, but whats worse is all the creatures we dont where here and have also gone…. This list is taken from Wiki   please visit the site to read more


Species Common Name Location(s) Comments
Aplonis fusca Norfolk Starling Norfolk Island, NSW 1923. Competition from introduced European starling, song thrush and common blackbird, clearance for agriculture.
Columba vitiensis godmanae White-throated Pigeon (Lord Howe Island), Lord Howe Pigeon Lord Howe Island  
Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae erythrotis Red-crowned Parakeet (Macquarie Island), Macquarie Island Parakeet Macquarie Island  
Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae subflavescens Red-crowned Parakeet (Lord Howe Island), Lord Howe Parakeet Lord Howe Island  
Dasyornis broadbenti litoralis Rufous Bristlebird (western), South-western Rufous Bristlebird WA  
Dromaius ater Dwarf Emu, King Island Emu TAS 1827
Dromaius baudinianus Kangaroo Island Emu Kangaroo Island 1805
Dromaius novaehollandiae diemenensis Emu (Tasmanian) TAS 1850
Drymodes superciliaris colcloughi Roper River Scrub-robin NT  
Gerygone insularis Lord Howe Gerygone, Lord Howe Warbler Lord Howe Island  
Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae spadicea New Zealand Pigeon (Norfolk Island race) Norfolk Island  
Lalage leucopyga leucopyga Norfolk Island Long-tailed Triller Norfolk Island  
Nestor productus Norfolk Island Kaka Norfolk Island  
Ninox novaeseelandiae albaria Southern Boobook (Lord Howe Island), Lord Howe Boobook Owl Lord Howe Island  
Porphyrios alba White Gallinule Lord Howe Island  
Psephotus pulcherrimus Paradise Parrot NSW, QLD Date uncertain around 1927; more recent sightings are sometimes claimed but have never been confirmed. Cause uncertain, most hypotheses centre on starvation from lack of grass seed after drought, overgrazing, more frequent fires, and introduction of prickly pear.
Rallus pectoralis clelandi Lewin’s Water Rail (western) WA  
Rallus philippensis maquariensis Macquarie Island Rail Macquarie Island  
Rhipidura cervina Lord Howe Fantail Lord Howe Island  
Turdus poliocephalus poliocephalus Grey-headed Blackbird, Norfolk Island Thrush Norfolk Island  
Turdus xanthopus vinitinctus Lord Howe Vinous-tinted Thrush Lord Howe Island  
Zosterops albogularis White-chested White-eye, Norfolk Island Silvereye Norfolk Island The IUCN considers this species endangered; it is listed as extinct under the EPBC act since it has not been officially documented for over 20 years.
Zosterops strenuus   Lord Howe Island Early 1920s. Predation by Rattus rattus


The reason for the decline and extinction of these frog species is unclear, decline in frog populations is an international phenomenon.

Species Common Name Location(s) Comments
Rheobatrachus silus Gastric-brooding Frog QLD Last wild specimen recorded in 1981
Rheobatrachus vitellinus Eungella Gastric-brooding Frog QLD Last wild specimen recorded in 1985
Taudactylus acutirostris Sharp-snouted Day Frog, Sharp-snouted Torrent Frog QLD Last wild specimen recorded in 1997
Taudactylus diurnus Southern Day Frog, Mt Glorious Torrent Frog QLD Last wild specimen recorded in 1979

Mammals and Marsupials

Species Common Name Location(s) Comments
Bettongia gaimardi gaimardi Eastern Bettong (mainland) NSW, QLD, SA, VIC  
Bettongia lesueur graii Boodie, Burrowing Bettong (inland) WA  
Bettongia penicillata penicillata Brush-tailed Bettong (south-east mainland) NSW, NT, SA, VIC, WA  
Caloprymnus campestris Desert Rat-kangaroo QLD, SA  
Chaeropus ecaudatus Pig-footed Bandicoot NSW, NT, SA, VIC, WA 1950s
Conilurus albipes White-footed Rabbit-rat NSW, QLD, SA, VIC  
Lagorchestes asomatus Central Hare-wallaby NT 1935
Lagorchestes hirsutus hirsutus Rufous Hare-wallaby (south-west mainland) NT, SA, WA  
Lagorchestes leporides Eastern Hare-wallaby NSW, QLD, SA, VIC 1890
Lagostrophus fasciatus albipilis Banded Hare-wallaby (mainland) WA  
Leporillus apicalis Lesser Stick-nest Rat NSW, NT, SA, VIC, WA 1933
Macropus eugenii eugenii Tammar Wallaby (South Australia) SA  
Macropus greyi Toolache Wallaby SA, VIC 1932
Macrotis leucura Lesser Bilby NT, QLD, SA 1931
Notomys amplus Short-tailed Hopping-mouse NT, SA 1896
Notomys longicaudatus Long-tailed Hopping-mouse NT, SA, WA  
Notomys macrotis Big-eared Hopping-mouse WA 1843
Notomys mordax Darling Downs Hopping-mouse NSW, QLD 1846
Nyctophilus howensis Lord Howe Long-eared Bat Lord Howe Island  
Onychogalea lunata Crescent Nail-tail Wallaby SA, WA  
Perameles bougainville fasciata Western Barred Bandicoot (mainland) NSW, VIC  
Perameles eremiana Desert Bandicoot NT, SA, WA  
Potorous platyops Broad-faced Potoroo WA 1865
Pseudomys gouldii Gould’s Mouse NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA  
Rattus macleari Maclear’s Rat Christmas Island 1908
Rattus nativitatis Bulldog Rat Christmas Island  
Thylacinus cynocephalus Thylacine, Tasmanian Tiger TAS 1936


Several Australian Invertebrates have been listed by the World Conservation Union as having become extinct. However they are not listed as extinct under Australian legislation.

Species Common Name Location(s) Comments
Hypolimnus pedderensis Lake Pedder Earthworm TAS Probably extinct in 1972, confirmed in 1996
Romankenkius pedderensis Lake Pedder Planarian TAS Probably extinct in 1972, confirmed in 1986 [1]
Tornelasmias capricorni     [2]
Austrogammarus australis     1994? [3]
Beddomeia tumida     1996 [4]
Angrobia dulvertonensis     1996 [5]
Placostylus bivaricosus etheridgei     [6]

3 thoughts on “Canberra Roos Saved, But lost the Wallabies!

  1. You state that all was well when the continent was supervised by the Aborigines. I agree with that, but wouldn’t kangaroo populations have been constantly controlled by the Aborigines, given that the roo was a prime food source? Aren’t the roos out of control now because kangaroo meat is not on many Australian dinner tables these days? Is there any ecological difference between eating kangaroos and burying them? Hey, I live in Canberra and I love bushwalking and talking to the kangaroos, which are always waiting for me to come by, but let’s be real: it’s most unlikely that shooting a few hundred of the dear things in Canberra is going to terminate the species!


  2. Hey Warwick
    And Welcome….
    the kangaroo has a rare ability to contain a feotus within the mothers body for quite some time… it remains in frozen in time until a more favourable time ei drought, low feed, high population numbers etc… has passed

    their Numbers arent actually out of control… infact the numbers of roos has been in decline for the past ten years or more… dropping by around 40% so far…

    I am in Tassie…. with the problems of the Devils looming… They just found One which is immune to the Facial Tumours… imagine if that one creature had been killed in a trap we could still have no hope of saving the species..

    It is more to do with the genetic diversity of a species…
    Do we have the right to kill a creature because it is in our way…. not living in a convenient area, or simple makes irritating noises… no we do not…

    Aboriginals did hunt and eat Kangaroos and many others, but it was for food and survival, not out of some miss guided thought of we know best or we are superior and have the right….. because we really dont…

    The Egology issue was what was used to justify the slaughter, and it just didnt wash … all that needed to be down was the fence remove for a few days, or the animals relocated… the Defence Force was not worried about the little grasshoper living there when they used the land….
    So I cant see why they were so concerned when the roos were using it..
    It does appear to have been a smokescreen … everyone saving the roos in canberra… which on the same they announced the relocation program they go and kill all the wallabies in the Northern Territory air base….
    seems very convenient …


  3. Wow. We deal with the same issues here. Truly we do, and it IS a global process.
    There’s no easy answer. I’m sickened by the loss of so many of this planets wonderful creatures.
    Awareness, education and outreach are the only solutions at this point.

    We can’t do anything except try to pull our childrens heads out of their video games long enough to teach them that they are responsible for the next wave of life here on this third rock from the sun.

    I’m worried too ..


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