Bennett’s Wallaby

Our Bennett’s Wallaby, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Bennett’s Wallaby (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Bennett’s Wallaby Facts
Bennett’s Wallaby
Macropus rufogriseus

Type:
Mammal
Life Span
12-15 years
Size
2.5-3 feet
Average Weight
30-50 lbs
Group Name
Mob
Group Size
Sometimes solitary
Name of Young
Joey

Our Bennett’s Wallaby, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • The Bennett’s wallaby is a medium sized marsupial. The word marsupial comes from the latin word “marsupium” which means pouch.
  • They have a keen sense of smell and excellent hearing. Their large ears also help with heat dispersal.
  • At first sight of danger, the wallaby will bound away using its long hind legs. Each limb has an elastic tendon that acts like a spring, catapulting the wallaby into the air.
  • The wallaby has a long tapering tail used for balance and support while they graze or hop. Their tail also acts like a rudder to quickly change 
direction when fleeing from predators such as dingoes.
  • Wallabies are crepuscular, active at dawn and dusk, or nocturnal, active at night. They tend to be solitary, but may form small groups.

Did You Know?

Like the kangaroo, a wallaby’s gestation period is 30 days. The underdeveloped baby, which is the size of a jelly bean, must crawl up into its mother’s pouch. It will attach to a nipple in the pouch and remains there for several months.