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BENNETT'S WALLABY

{ macropus bennetti }
Smaller than a kangaroo, these wallabies are typically tawny-grey in color. We hope you enjoy our beautiful albino friend as much as we do.

PROFILE

Yeti is an albino Bennett’s Wallaby. She is very sweet and loves chin scratches.

OVERVIEW

Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary Least threatened
CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

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AVERAGE SIZE

Compared to a 6′ Man

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AVERAGE WEIGHT

30 – 41 lbs

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AVERAGE LIFESPAN

9 Years

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DIET

Herbivore

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REGIONS

Australia

Native to the eastern coast of Australia, Bennett’s wallabies have been introduced into the wilds of New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and the Isle of Man. There is a significant population on the island of Tasmania.

APPEARANCE

Smaller than kangaroos, Bennett’s wallabies stand 2 to 3 feet tall. They can weigh 30 to 40 pounds when fully grown, males being larger than females. Like kangaroos, wallabies have very long feet. Their hind legs have just 3 toes, the center one being the longest. Hopping is their most efficient mode of travel. Very powerful legs and a tapered, long tail (which aids in balance) allows them to move at speeds greater than 9 miles per hour.

Bennett’s wallabies have very soft tan to light grey fur with a lighter chest and belly. Their muzzle, paws, and feet tend to be darker. They are also known as the “red-necked wallaby” because of the reddish fur across its neck and shoulders. When they have no coloring, then they are albino, like our “Yeti”. Their large ears can move 180 degrees independently, providing exceptional hearing. Like all marsupials, females have a pouch, where their young do the majority of developing.

CHARACTERISTICS

A crepuscular species, they are most active at twilight and spend their days relaxing. They can be found grazing on grasses and herbs, as well as roots, during dry spells. Bennett’s wallabies are commonly found in eucalyptus forests. A solitary animal, they may be found in groups to feed.

Breeding season finds females approaching males; she may even lick his neck. The two will actually engage in a fight which will quickly end allowing them to mate. After only a month, a very tiny “joey” is born barely strong enough to climb into his mother’s pouch. There he will eat, sleep, and grow for the next 9 months. Wallabies, like ring-tailed lemurs, engage in alloparental care, providing the mother a rest or the chance to gather food.

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