Animal Class: Mammals
Height: 2 1/2 feet
Length: 3 foot long with tail
Weight: 30 to 50 pounds
Life Span: Wild = 7-10 years; Captive = 12-15 years, although some live into their 20s.
Diet: Wild: Grazers—eat grass, hay, leaves, bark, twigs, fruit and vegetables. Zoo: apples, sweet potatoes, romaine lettuce, grain and supplements.
Habitat: King Island wallabies live in grasslands, brush, scrubland, and forest edges in Australia
Also known as the Red-necked wallaby, Kings Island wallaby, it’s one of the largest of the wallaby species. Their brown fur has a reddish tone on the neck and shoulders. They have keen hearing and a good sense of smell, and their sharp front teeth are for cutting grass. Upper and lower jaws are not attached to each other, so the teeth can slide from side to side. Large muscular hind legs are used for hopping. Forelegs are small and held loosely when the animal is moving. Front paws have five-clawed fingers compared to the hind feet, which have three toes. The powerful tail helps the animal balance when hopping and provides comfortable support when sitting. One toe on the hind foot is actually two toes in one, and has two nails which can be used like tweezers or for grooming. It is possible for a female to suckle a joey in the pouch, have a young-at-foot, and carry an undeveloped embryo at the same time. The mother produces milk of different strengths; one for the newborn and one for the young-at-foot.