Bennett's Wallaby

Macropus rufogriseus

Species Information

Jack Jr, Jill, Lauren and the rest of the mob can be spotted hanging out with the Emus. They love to forage for treats, play box with one another, or enjoy lounging around in the sun! See if you can spot one of the keepers applying sunscreen to Jack Jr or come and hand feed them!

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Bennett’s wallabies, or red-necked wallabies, are found in the forests and open land in eastern and south-eastern Australia and Tasmania.

These medium sized macropods’ name comes from the reddish fur on the neck and shoulders. As marsupials, females have a marsupium (a pouch) where their joey remains until it is strong enough to leave.

They are herbivores, primarily eating a range of forage and leaves, as well as grass.

Up to 15 years in captivity.

These are usually solitary animals, yet they do often congregate to feed and breed in mobs of up to 30 individuals. Within mobs, males will box for dominance.

After a gestation period of 29 days, joeys are born embryonic and weigh less than a gram. However small, these joeys are strong enough to use their forelimbs to climb into their mother’s pouch and latch onto their mother’s teat. The teat swells in the embryos mouth and they are not strong enough to let go until they are more developed. They remain in the pouch for about 9 months and continue to suckle from their mother for up to 15 months.

Least Concern

Wallabies can have up to 3 joeys at once, all at different stages of development! One fertilised egg in the uterus remaining dormant until the pouch is vacated, a second joey in the pouch and a third who has left the pouch but returns to suckle. The efficiency of their breeding is due to their ability to produce 2 types of milk, a fattier milk for older joeys and a milk high in carbohydrates for younger joeys.