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The wallabies on some of Western Australia's remote water-less islands have adapted to drink seawater.

Description: Tammar Wallabies have a mixed colouring of brown, white, black and grey. They have an off-white belly and white cheek stripes. They also have strong hind feet and large ears. Their tail is 33–45 cm long.

Diet: Tammar Wallabies are herbivores and eat grasses and shrubs. In the wild: Each wallaby has its own home range. These may overlap but they don’t form social groups, except between mothers and young. Females produce a single quiescent embryo in January that sleeps for nearly one year and wakes up on or soon after the Summer Solstice (about 21 December). Forty days later, the young is born and climbs to the mother’s pouch and stays there for eight or nine months.

Threats: Habitat destruction and feral predators are major threats to Tammar Wallabies.

At Perth Zoo: Perth Zoo’s Tammar Wallabies can be seen in the Australian Bushwalk.

Did you Know?

Wallabies found on the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and Garden Island are able to drink sea water.

Australian Bushwalk
Scientific Name
Macropus eugenii
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Body Length
55–70 cm
4–10 kg
26-29 days
Number of Young
Islands off the South Australian and Western Australian coast
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