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Parma Wallaby

Order:

Diprotodontia

Family:

Macropodidae

Group:

Mob or Troup

Male:

Jack

Female:

Jill

Young:

Joey

Lifespan:

6 - 8 years

Gestation:

35 days

Distribution:

Australia and New Zealand.

Habitat:

Wet or dry forests often eucalyptus forests

Diet:

Herbivores, graze on reedy grasses & herbaceous plants.

Conservation Status:

Near threatened
Did you know?

Wallabies Macropus parma do not have specific mates. They tend to breed from March to July with one Joey produced. The female will come into season again just two days after giving birth. A fertilised embryo will only develop once the existing Joey is able to leave the pouch at approximately 30 weeks. The older Joey will continue to feed by putting its head in the pouch. A female wallaby can produce two different types of milk that meet the nutritional needs for both the newly born Joey and the Joey at heel.

They communicate in various ways by foot stomping, tail wagging, quivering, through scent especially during mating season and vocally by clucking, coughing or hissing as sign of aggression. This species was thought to be extinct as a result of hunting although they were rediscovered in 1965.

Parma wallabies are mostly solitary and usually active at night, they are on of the smallest breeds of the kangaroo family.

 

 

Did you know?

Wallabies don’t have sweat glands therefore cannot sweat, when they get hot they will either pant or lick themselves to cool down.