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Red-necked Wallaby

Animal Essentials

Scientific Name:
Macropus rufogriseus
Park Location:
Zoo
Origin:
Coastal scrub and sclerophyll forest
Habitat:
Close to water and forest ranges

Amazing Facts

Red-necked wallabies can live for up to 20 years.
A new born wallaby is less than 2cm long.
A baby wallaby is known as a “Joey”.

A relative of the kangaroo, the red-necked wallaby is actually grey/brown in colour. They get their name from the rust-coloured fur found at the base of its neck.

Red-necked wallabies take refuge in shrubs and thickets during the hot day. Active during cooler periods such as the morning and early evening, a wallaby feeds on grasses, shoots and low shrubs.

Like all marsupials, the Red-necked Wallaby rears its young in a pouch. The young wallaby will remain in the pouch for 9 months, after which it will leave to explore its surroundings. It will still suckle from the female and occasionally take refuge in the pouch if threatened for a further 3 to 4 months. After that, the young wallaby will become fully independent.

Like all marsupials, the Red-necked Wallaby rears its young in a pouch. The young wallaby will remain in the pouch for nine months, after which it will leave to explore its surroundings. It will still suckle from the female and occasionally take refuge in the pouch if threatened for a further three to four months. After that, the young wallaby will become fully independent.

Conservation

The numbers of red-necked wallabies in Australia and Tazmania are large and stable. In some cases they are seen as a pest, and it is in these locations that hunting is permitted with a licence and numbers taken from the wild is strictly controlled.

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