Bennet Wallaby

Name

Bennet Wallaby

Scientific Name

Macropus rufogriseus

Characteristics

At Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, we have Bennet wallabies (also known as red-necked wallabies).

 

Like kangaroos, wallabies are part of the macropod family. However, as a general rule, wallabies are much smaller than kangaroos.

 

Wallabies give birth to live and relatively underdeveloped young. Immediately after birth, the tiny new-born wallaby crawls up its mother’s fur and into her pouch to feed. It latches onto the mother’s teat and stays there for the first few months of its life.

 

The baby wallaby (known as a joey) stays in its mother’s pouch for several months before coming out to begin eating grass and moving around. Joeys are not fully independent until they are over a year old.

 

Female wallabies are capable of producing different types of milk at the same time in order to provide for both new-born wallabies and older joeys who still feed occasionally.

 

Diet

Wallabies are herbivorous. They mostly eat grass, plants and browse.

Size Fact

Their tails can grow up to 75cm long.

Food Fact

At Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, we feed our wallabies concentrate feed, browse, hay and vegetables.

Fun Fact

A group of wallabies is known as a court, a troupe or a mob.

IUCN Red list

Least concern.

Where do I live?

Australia, Tasmania and the Bass Straight islands.

Our wallabies

Wilbert, Wendy and Winston

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