ACT receives new mammal emblem
Meet the new mammal emblem for the ACT, the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata).
The mammal emblem joins the existing floral and faunal emblems for the ACT, the Royal Bluebell (Wahlenbergia gloriosa) and the Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum).
Thank you to the 3,514 people who voted in the public survey to select our mammal emblem. While it was a close contest between the Rock-wallaby and the Eastern Bettong, the Rock-wallaby won your vote.
The Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby is endangered and was last seen in the wild in the ACT in 1959. In 1996 Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve started a conservation program from a captive population of three animals and since then, they have successfully bred over 60 animals. The Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby also has a significant cultural importance to the Ngunnawal people.
Learn more about all of the ACT’s emblems here.