A wallaby and kangaroo have found a new home at Rockhampton Zoo after being kept illegally west of Bundaberg.
They're just two of dozens of native animals that were seized from the property in November after a tip off from the public.
Manager of Wildlife and Threatened Species Frank Mills says the Department of Environment and Science first received concerns about the welfare of native wildlife being cared for by a wildlife carer in August last year.
“Following an investigation, DES executed a warrant at a property in central Queensland in November 2021 and seized a large number of animals,” Mr Mills said.
“This included 56 kangaroos and wallabies, 9 freshwater turtles and 23 native birds, that were being held unlawfully and in conditions that did not meet required standards"
After wildlife offices assessed the property and a vet checked over the the animals, all but three of the seized animals were either released back into the wild or transferred to permitted wildlife carers for further care and rehabilitation.
“Three juvenile macropods which were not suitable for release were left at the property while the department explored long-term care options," Mr Mills says.
“Sadly, one macropod has since died, however late last week wildlife officers removed the remaining eastern grey kangaroo and red-necked wallaby which will be re-homed at a licensed zoo."
The kangaroo and wallaby ahve since been relocated to their new home at Rockhampton Zoo.