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Swamp wallaby

Wallabia bicolor

Male swamp wallaby at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Mammals
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae

Swamp wallabies live in dense forests, woodlands and swampy areas on the eastern coast of Australia.

They are herbivores, consuming leaves, grasses, buds and shrubs.

Interesting facts!

  • This species does not appear to be territorial and has been seen in the wild feeding together with other unrelated species. The wallabies at Paignton Zoo actually live with our Western grey kangaroo!
  • While in the water, these wallabies can swim well due to their webbed feet and are capable of moving their hind legs independently.
  • The word ‘wallaby is said to derive from the language of Eora tribe, an aboriginal tribe from Sydney, Australia.


This marsupial has suffered from destruction of its natural habitat that has had a negative impact on the overall population of the species. In addition, due to destroying crops, swamp wallabies have also been killed by farmers as pests.