Since the start of early spring, three species of wallaby have been settling in to a newly designed enclosure. The wallaby walkway is home to three parma wallabies, five swamp wallabies and nine red-necked wallabies (plus some joeys!). These wallabies also share their enclosure with humans too whilst the zoo is open! The design of this enclosure allows visitors to walk through and meander along a path which goes around the outskirts. This provides the wallabies with a large enclosure which they are free to roam around, but also gives visitors chance to see these amazing animals up close, without their vision being restricted by a barrier. Rope is used to outline the path, so if you visit please make sure you stick to it! This ensures that the wallabies are kept safe and will not get stressed by visitors approaching too close. However, if the wallabies want to pass under the rope and sit in the path with the visitors then they are more than welcome to! The wallabies are also fed a specific diet, so as cute as they may seem, please restrict from feeding or stroking them. Our zoo keepers need to know what our animals are eating to make sure they are getting the right amount and are not going to put on weight, eat foods which are high in fat/sugar or that could make them ill.
Our wallaby walkway enclosure is situated in the section of our zoo next to our other Australian animals; the kangaroos and emus. These are near the baboon island, and our soon to be new Indian rhino enclosure. As our wallabies are Australian mammals, they are classed as marsupials. The females within this specific group of animals give birth to young joey about the size of a baked bean! This joey then has to make its way to its mother’s pouch for it to continue growing and developing for about nine months. It will become fully independent after around another four months.
Our three species of wallaby are distinguishable either by their size or colour. The parma wallaby are the smallest species so they may look like joeys but they are actually fully grown adults. The swamp wallabies have rust-coloured bellies, whereas the red-necked wallabies have a pale coloured belly. If you see any white wallabies then these are our albino red-necked wallabies.