Red-necked wallaby

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
Continent: Australia
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



Like its cousin the kangaroo, a group of wallabies is called a mob.

A red-necked wallaby can cover over 5 feet in one jump.