Zoo Animals


Red-necked wallaby

Macropus rufogriseus

At the Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo is home to three red-necked wallabies: females Eloise and Sprocket and male Maroo, who 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. 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 is 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.