The Bennett’s wallaby has mostly tawny grey fur, with a white chest and belly, and a dark brown muzzle, paws and feet. This wallaby is also known as the red-necked wallaby, because of the red-tinted fur on the back of its neck and shoulders. Bennett’s is the name of the subspecies typically found in Tasmania.
These animals have an acute sense of smell and hearing. Their large ears are capable of moving 180 degrees independently, allowing them to remain alert for potential predators, such as dingoes. As members of the genus Macropus, meaning “long foot,” Bennett’s wallabies are closely related to kangaroos and wallaroos.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Macropus rufogriseus
STATUS: Least Concern
DISTRIBUTION: Eastern Australia, Tasmania & Bass Strait Islands
HABITAT: Forests with scrub & open grassy areas
NATURAL DIET: Grasses, herbs & juicy roots
HEIGHT: 910mm on average (Male usually larger than the femaie)