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.
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!
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.