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Updated 9 August 2019 1:17pm

Wallabies are present in the North Island and we need to keep them out of our region.

Dama wallaby Bennetts (red-necked) wallaby

Why are they a problem?

Wallabies have similar eating habits to possums. They:

  • Eat native and exotic seedlings, preventing regenerating native bush and damaging plantation forests
  • Compete with livestock for pasture
  • Reduce the forest understorey with possible impacts on water quality
  • They can damage tall tussock grasslands, which if bare ground becomes exposed, is at a higher risk of soil erosion

Spotted a wallaby?

If you see this pest, note the location, take a photo if you can, and contact us on 0800 496 734 or

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