Swamp wallabies prefer dense forests, woodlands and swampy areas and are found on the eastern coast of Australia.
They are herbivores, consuming leaves, grasses, buds and shrubs.
This species does not appear to be territorial and have been seen in the wild feeding together with other unrelated species.
While in the water, these wallabies can swim well due to their webbed feet and are capable of moving their hind legs independently. However, when on land, they are only able to move their legs together.
Male wallabies fiercely compete with each other for their mating rights. The gestation period lasts for 33 - 38 days, after which a single joey is born, which remains in the pouch of its mother for around 36 weeks after birth.
This marsupial has suffered from destruction of its natural habitat, which 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.
We are home to a bachelor group of five swamp wallabies at the zoo.
- Latin Name: Wallabia bicolor
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Diprotodontia
- Family: Macropodidae
- Conservation status: Least Concern
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