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Swamp Wallaby

Animal Essentials

Scientific Name:
Wallabia bicolor
Park Location:
Zoo
Origin:
Australia
Habitat:
Woodland, grassland and scrubland

Amazing Facts

Swamp Wallabies get their name from the ‘swampy odour’ that they produce not their habitat.
Wallabies are macropods, a term which means ‘big foot’. Their hind legs are incredibly powerful, giving them the ability to jump.

Our swamp wallabies are located in our wallaby walkway, however in the wild they are found mostly down the east-coast of Australia from the northernmost areas of Cape York in Queensland, down the entire east coast and around to south-western Victoria. They get their name from the apparent swampy odour that they produce and in Queensland are known as “stinkers.”

Their diet consists of a range of plants including shrubs, crops and pasture. It also seems to be able to tolerate plants that are toxic to other animals such as bracken, lantana and hemlock. Most wallabies have adapted to be grazers and eat grass, however the swamp wallabies tooth structure indicates that they are more browsers then grazers.

Wallabies are marsupials, which is a class of mammals that carry their young in their pouch as a distinct characteristic. They give birth to very small, underdeveloped young which have to make their way from the birth canal to the mother's pouch where the baby will feed on milk and continue to grow. Young wallabies will generally stay in the pouch for around 8 months but will continue to suckle until around 15 months of age when they will be fully independent.

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