We have two groups of swamp wallabies, made up adults and their joeys.
Location in the Zoo:
The main group can be found in our new Wallaby Outback enclosure. The others can seen in the enclosure near the banteng.
Breeding Programme Category
Our wallabies are part of the European Stud Book Prorgramme (ESB)
In the Wild
The swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) is native to eastern Australia, where it ranges from Cape York, Queensland in the north, to Victoria and south-eastern South Australia. Despite their name, swamp wallabies live in forests, scrublands and woodlands with thick undergrowth.
Swamp wallabies resemble kangaroos, but are smaller and have longer fur. Males are larger and heavier than females, while the tail on both sexes is the same length as the body. Their fur is mostly brown, with a lighter chest and a light stripe on each cheek.
Swamp wallabies have a mixed diet feeding on bushes, ferns, flowers, grasses, herbs, plants, shrubs and tree saplings. They can be found grazing in pasture, agricultural crops, and exotic tree plantations. Their molars are specially shaped to help cut through the coarse, thick vegetation of their diet.
Wallabies are similar to kangaroos and koalas in the fact they are marsupials. this means that they have a different reproductive system compares to other mammals. After mating the tiny embryo, which is the size of a jelly bean is born. It crawls into the pouch of the female wallaby and attaches to a teat where it stays for a few months to develop. When the baby (called a joey) is ready to emerge they can often be seen poking out of their mothers pouch before fully emerging, even after this stage they will return to the pouch when frightened for the first few months.