Habitat: Bennett’s Wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus) – also known as Red-necked Wallabies – can be found in eastern and south eastern Australia, including Tasmania. They live in coastal scrub and hard leaved forests.
Lifespan: They can live up to 9 years.
Diet: Wallabies are grazers and will feed on grass, willow and other vegetation.
Behaviour: They are mainly solitary, but will gather together to breed. The males will fight for female attention: this can look a bit like a boxing match. A female will have one offspring at a time, which will then remain in the pouch for up to 280 days. The joey spends the first few months close to the mother until fully weaned. Males leave at around 2 years of age; females will stay close for longer. A female can have a joey in the pouch at the same time as having an embryo waiting. This is called embryotic diapause, and can be affected by the weather or food and water availability.
Bennett’s Wallabies are mainly nocturnal and will spend most of the day resting.