Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 Route 9 North - Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway
Open Year Round: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Red-necked Wallaby

Scientific Name: Macropus rufogriseus

Other Names: Bennett's Wallaby (Tasmanian Wallaby) (Macropus rufogriseus rufogriseus)

Habitat and Range: The Red-necked Wallaby is found mostly in South-easten Australia and Tasmania. There is also a well established, introduced wild population in New Zealand. They prefer grassy areas within eucalyptus forests and flat open grasslands.

Lifespan: 6-15 years

Size and Weight: Males are typically larger than females.  Males are usually 2.5-2.9 ft tall (770-888 mm); females 2.3-2.8 ft (708-837mm). Males weigh between 33.1-55.3 lbs (15-23.7 kg); females weigh between 26.5-34.2 lbs (12-15.5 kg).

Gestation: Breeding year round, they will give birth after 30 days and the Joey will come and go from the pouch for the next 9 months until it is too big to fit.

Diet: Herbivore- leaves, grasses, hay, fruits, and twigs.

Adaptations: These animals can survive on very little water and obtain most of what they need from the food they eat.

IUCN Status: Least Concern 1994.

Special Interest: This is one of two subspecies. The Bennett's Wallaby is also known as the Tasmanian Wallaby.

Did you Know: Despite its small size, it can leap 5 feet in a single bound. In loose formed groups of nearly 30, groups of wallabies are called a mob.

Here at the CMC Zoo: Because these marsupials will mate all year round, we have joeys often running around our yard! To keep track of who belongs to which parents, the wallabys have tags in their ears, with each color pertaining to a mother or father.

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