Bennett's wallaby

Scientific name :
Macropus rufogriseus
Class :
Mammals
Order :
Diprotodontia
Family :
Macropodidae

Bennett’s wallabies are similar to kangaroos, which are usually larger in size. The particular feature of these animals is their hind legs, perfect for jumping, and their powerful tail, which they use for balance when running and to support themselves while resting. They can jump 9 to 10 m in length, allowing them to reach speeds of 30 km/h. Generally, they prefer to feed between dusk and dawn in open spaces. Most wallaby species are relatively well protected; their greatest threat is the destruction of their habitat.

 

Geographic distribution of Bennett’s wallaby

Bennett’s wallabies are found in Australia.

 

The marsupial pouch of Bennett’s wallaby

Female wallabies have a pouch, or marsupium, on their abdominal wall. It contains 4 mammary glands, each with a nipple for the newborn to latch on. The young wallaby remains in the pouch for a few months before leaving it for the last time, but stays with its mother until it reaches sexual maturity.

Eucalyptus and coastal forest
Length: 60 to 90 cm
Weight: 10 to 20 kg
Grass, leaves, roots and bark
Longevity: 15 years
Gestation: 30 days
Young: 1

Conservation status

Stable Threatened Critically endangered