Red-Necked Wallaby

Latin Name Macropus rufogriseus
Class Mammalia
Order Diprotodontia
Family Macropodidea
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Broad range of habitats including eucalyptus forests, tall coastal heathlands and pasturelands
Distribution Endemic to Australia - through the south eastern parts and Tasmania

General Information

A group of wallabies is called a “mob” but this species is mainly solitary often coming together to feed in the late afternoon into the evening.

A young wallaby or joey lives in its mother’s pouch for up to 9 months but will continue to feed from her for another 6 months.

A male wallaby is called a buck, boomer or jack.

A female wallaby is called a doe, flyer or jill.

Fun Fact

Wallaby mothers can have a baby developing in the womb, a newborn in the pouch suckling milk and an older joey, out of the pouch, who still feeds from her (until weaning at around 18months old) – all at once!

Keeper Notes

Our mob consists of 1 dominant male - Rufus and two females - Gwen and Dazzle. Dazzle has had a rare albino wallaby.
Occasionally, we have to hand-rear a joey and one of the keepers becomes “mum’ carrying it around in a canvas bag similar to the pouch. In 2013, a female joey called Skye needed our help.