Wallabies are a member of the Macropod family, a word meaning 'big feet'. This family includes the wallabies and kangaroos. They are also Marsupials - a group of animals found mostly in Australia.
Marsupials are one of the non-placental mammals, meaning that their babies don't have a placenta in the womb. Wallabies get around this by giving birth when the baby is just 30 days old, and the baby then crawls up into the pouch, where it feeds and grows until it is ready to venture out.
About Bennett's wallabies
|Common Name||Bennett's wallaby|
|Scientific Name||Macropus rufogriseus|
|Natural Habitat||Eucalyptus forests, heathlands and grasslands|
|Diet||Grazer, eating mostly grasses and some browse|
|Life Expectancy||15 years|
|Conservation Status||Least Concern (3.1)|
About our Bennett's wallabies
We didn't plan our first wallaby arrival!
Wesley the wallaby became a local celebrity when he was spotted roaming around the local area. As we had planned to have wallabies in our wildlife park eventually, and had onsite expertise, we assisted in the capture attempts. When Wesley was eventually caught we held him whilst we waited for his owners to come forward.
Unfortunately there were no legitimate claims to Wesley, so we put our wallaby enclosure plans into action, and built him a paddock and shelter, and sourced some friends for him.
Wesley now lives with another adult male wallaby (Old Joe), an adult female (Wendy), two young males (Barlow and Winston), and a young female bred at the park (Harriet).
How we care for our wallabies
Our wallabies have a large double paddock in our historic arboretum.
They have a field shelter with straw bedding, enrichment feeders and two water buckets.
Our wallabies can graze in our paddocks, and are also fed a hard pellet, browse and occasional fruit and veg as a treat.
How you can help wallabies
Bennett's wallabies are not threatened in the wild, but they can be a problem if they are kept as pets and let into the wild. Always make sure if you have any pets that they cannot escape into the wild, where they could cause problems for the local wildlife.