Monarto Zoo, Australia
The Black-Flanked Rock-Wallaby or warru is a small wallaby considered to be South Australia’s most endangered mammal. There are only two wild populations in South Australia, with less than 200 individuals remaining.
Once widespread through the ranges of South Australia, warru are now restricted to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY lands) in the north-west of the state. It is thought predation by foxes and feral cats is the primary cause behind the drastic decline in wallaby numbers.
Monarto Zoo, the world’s largest open range zoo, has partnered with the South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH) and Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Management (APY LM) to prevent the extinction of warru in this region.
A population of warrus have been specially bred at Monarto Zoo as part of a reintroduction program, with staff able to identify appropriate animals for release based on genetic information stored in the ISIS system.
Due to the small genetic population, Keepers, Veterinarians and Conservation Staff are able to evaluate which animals are recommended breeding partners based on ISIS data.
The ISIS system is vital to the program as it allows Monarto Zoo staff access to historical and current data on each individual. Monarto Zoo’s warru conservation program relies entirely on accurate animal information to ensure its success.