At the Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo is home to two wallabies. Male Maroo was rescued by the Detroit Zoological Society in February 2010 from an animal wholesaler in Texas – along with more than 1,000 other animals – in the largest exotic animal raid in U.S. history. He is joined by male Rufus, who arrived in 2006, and the mob of red kangaroos. Visitors can get face-to-face with the marsupials inside the Australian Outback Adventure, traveling along a winding path while the animals are free to bound and graze wherever they please.
The red-necked wallaby has a reddish-brown or grey coat with a dark muzzle, paws and feet. It uses its large tail to help keep its balance while hopping, usually in a zigzag manner. The female has a pouch on her abdomen which is used to raise her young. The red-necked wallaby is also known as a Bennett's wallaby.
Scientific name: Macropus rufogriseus
Habitat: Grasslands and coastal forests
Size: Up to 5 feet tall
Weight: 30-50 pounds
Diet: The wallaby is an herbivore and feeds on leaves, grass, bark, twigs and fruit.
Reproduction: Gestation one month, but will stay mother's pouch for an additional eight months; one joey
Lifespan: 20 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern