Check out Australia Zoo’s Swamp Wallaby!
Meet our sweetheart swamp wallabies right here at Australia Zoo! Keep your eyes peeled in Roo Heaven, as these adorable Aussies could be eating right out of your hand.
Frequenting the thick forests and swamps of eastern Australia, the swamp wallaby is identified by their dark brown fur, complimented by rusty-orange patches on their belly, chest and base of their ears. They are small in stature, standing just 65 to 85 centimetres (2 to 2.5 feet) tall, and weighing up to 15 kilograms (33 pounds).
Swamp wallabies are marsupials, meaning they have a pouch and give birth to underdeveloped young. Believe it or not, wallabies are pregnant for just 35 days! A baby wallaby is called a joey and crikey they’re cute! They are born blind and hairless, resembling a pink jelly bean and weigh in at only 1 gram (0.03 ounces). They will grow and develop in the safety of mum’s pouch until being completely independent at around 15 months of age. Swamp wallabies are herbivorous, primarily feeding on grasses, shrubs, leaves and, in some cases, bark from trees.
Unfortunately, swamp wallabies fall victim to domestic dog attacks and car strikes all too often. Due to their ability to breed all year round, the swamp wallaby is listed as a species of least concern.
65 - 85 centimetres
10 - 20 kilograms