Red-necked wallaby

Macropus rufogriseus

At the Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo is home to four red-necked wallabies: females Eloise and Sprocket, male Mac and a joey born in October to Eloise. 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.


Red-necked wallabies have reddish-brown or gray coats with dark muzzles, paws and feet. They use their large tails to help keep their balance while hopping, usually in a zigzag manner. Females have pouches on their abdomens, which are used to raise young. Red-necked wallabies are also known as Bennett’s wallabies.

Fun Facts

  • 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.