Parma wallaby

Once thought to be extinct, they can be found in the forests of New South Wales and Kawau Island, New Zealand.

These little fellas are the smallest of the kangaroo, wallaby and wallaroo species.

Parma wallabies are nocturnal by nature so tend to be most active in the evenings and through the night ‘til dawn. They like their own company most of the time and only really come together to feed.

Like the kangaroo, the female Parma wallaby has a pouch in which she rears and cares for her young for the first five to six months of their lives.

Make sure you check them out when you visit. We bet you’ll be ‘hoppy’ you did.

Parma wallaby questions and answers

Do they have a prefered habitat?
They do yes, they like to live in 'sclerophyll' forest. That’s a forest where the plants have very thick skinned leaves like acacia or eucalyptus.

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Why did Parma wallabies numbers decline?
It was thought to be through the mass clearing of forests when the first European settlers went to Australia.

How long before the joey crawls in to the pouch?
It’s not long at all actually. The mother will give birth after only thirty days or so. The baby knows instinctively to crawl up its mum’s stomach to the pouch. It weighs just half a gram at this point. Teeny, tiny!

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