Black Wallaby

Wallabia bicolor

Conservation Status: Not threatened or endangered.

 

Wallabies have a close resemblance to kangaroos. The young are born small and undeveloped where they crawl into the mothers pouch. Joeys continue to use the pouch as a safe place in the face of danger for some months - even after leaving. They possess powerful hind legs used to travel great distances at high speeds and at times deliver powerful kicks. Their large tails are tools to keep balance and keep them propped in a sitting position. Wallabies are herbivores with their diet made up of mostly grass and plants. Their average lifespan in the wild is 9 years. Threats to wallabies include; habitat loss, altered fire regimes, introduced predators and climate change.