Place to admire: Australia
Scientific name: Macropus rufogriseus
IUCN-status: Least concern
Red-Necked Wallabies belong to the marsupials. In wildlife, this species is found in eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Here it lives mainly in forests and grasslands.
The Red-Necked Wallaby has gray-brown fur, with a white belly. The tail turns silver and has a black tip, as do the ears, legs, and muzzle.
Albino varieties of Red-Necked Wallaby also exist.
Red-Necked Wallaby live solitary or in small groups. A group consists of 2 to 5 females and their young. A pair, meaning a male and a female, does not spend more than 24 hours together.
The Red-Necked Wallaby are sometimes warm. In their natural habitat, temperatures can rise so high that even the Red-necked Wallaby has a hot feeling. By licking its hands and arms, it cools itself. When the wind blows over this wet fur, the Red-Necked Wallaby experiences this as cooling.
When a young comes into the world, it is small, helpless and undeveloped. The cub immediately crawls into its mother’s pouch. Here it will continue to develop. This usually takes a few months. Young wallabies are also called Joeys. Even after a Joey leaves the pouch, it often returns to the pouch when danger threatens.