At the Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo is home to four wallabies. Female Sienna and male Maroo were 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. Their daughter, Coral, was born shortly after their arrival. However, Sienna rejected her joey due to stress from the move and previous unstable living conditions. Detroit Zoo animal care staff stepped in as surrogate moms and hand-reared Coral. Today, she is thriving among the wallabies – including 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