Most Oahu residents have heard about wallabies living in Kalihi Valley.
However, it’s rare to see one, let alone catch them on video.
Olin Lagon was lucky enough to meet one face-to-face.
On January 16, 2016, Lagon says he was driving down Likelike Highway town bound near Valley View Drive when they spotted the small marsupial.
He has an electric car, so the noise didn’t scare the wallaby. You’ll see in the video that when headlights lit up the area, the little animal hopped away.
This isn’t the first time Lagon and a wallaby has crossed paths. He says three years ago he saw one further up in the same area.
But this time, he has the video to prove it.
The brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) is native to Australia. They are considered threatened in their native habitat with populations declining.
In 1916, two wallabies escaped a private zoo on Alewa Heights and established a colony in Kalihi Valley.
In a 1984 article in Biological Conservation, researchers found that the wallabies on Oahu differ from their Australian counterparts. The study found a population of 247 animals with about 3/4 of them female. At that time, half of the females over 89 cm were carrying or nursing joeys.
“Seemingly old, blind, post-reproductive individuals of both sexes were present and all individuals appeared robust,” – The population of rock wallabies (genus Petrogale) on Oahu, Hawaii