Here at Moon Ridge we keep Bennett’s and Parma wallabies , the Bennett’s being the larger of the two
About the Bennett’s Wallaby
At maturity the Bennett’s Wallaby reaches a height of about 24 to 30 inches and weighs between 30 and 50 pounds. The males usually take on the larger size characteristics after several years. They are normally a brownish gray in color with light stomachs. Some albino varieties do exist, but are rare. With shelter, the Bennett’s Wallaby can survive in cold weather up to 20 degrees below zero.
Bennett’s Wallabies are a social animal and live in groups called mobs. They have an alertness about them when someone or something approaches them. They otherwise tend to graze and stay relaxed. They are constantly grooming their fur coat. They like to lay out and take in the sun and fresh air. They even enjoy the rain,
The females do not display an aggressive type of behavior, but the males do tend to be more aggressive to one another and it is not unusual to see them sparing it out grabbing and boxing with front legs and kicking with their back legs at one another. After a period of time, one usually hops away.
They are really gentle animals by nature and when approached cautiously, they will become very friendly in a short period of time. This is especially true of the young offspring, as they quickly become trusting to human kindness. They are playful and tend to hop about in a graceful way.
The Bennett’s Wallaby, like the kangaroo, are among the most recognized of the marsupials found in the Australian region in the wild. They are found in open areas, brush areas, rocky outcroppings and forests. The wild wallabies feed on grasses and brush. Many varieties of the wallaby exist in the world. The Bennett’s Wallaby is one of the most common found in the world today.
Housing and Fencing
A pair of Bennett’s Wallabies should be kept in at least 1/3 acre grassy area. The more space the less problems you will have health wise. Trees and bushes are needed for shelter from heat and cold, and this also provides a hiding place for the wallaby. Fencing should be a least 5 feet tall with very small mesh openings. A smaller opening will keep them from catching their noses and breaking their neck should something panic them. Housing can be based on your area. It can range from nothing more than a small three sided shelter, to a large doghouse, to an elaborate building. They tend to stay outside and block the wind with tree trunks or bushes.
Care and Feeding
The Bennett’s Wallaby is easy to care for and if you faithfully follow a regular routine, you will have few problems. The wallabies are foragers and like to eat grasses and hay along with a regular feed ration. They also love carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, and other vegetables. They love treats such as bread and they eat right out of your hand. The bread also provides a medium to allow you to administer wormers and drugs without stress to the animal. The wallabies should be put on a routine worming program and watched for any different behavior as a sign of a problem. They should also have a salt/trace mineral supplement available to them along with fresh water at all times. .