Meet Victoria and Adelaide—the new Bennett’s wallabies at the Zoo! Get the scoop on the Small Mammal House’s marsupials from curator Steve Sarro and animal keepers Ashton Ball and Esther Wray.
What do visitors want to know about wallabies?
The number one question visitors ask is if they are miniature kangaroos! They are not, but both species are closely related and share some of the same characteristics: long feet, muscular hind legs, a tapered tail that helps them to balance, a pouch for their young and eyes that are set high on their skull. Also, both are native to Australia!
The trick to spotting the difference between the two is that wallabies tend to be smaller than kangaroos. This species, the Bennett’s wallaby—is about 3 feet tall and weighs between 30 and 40 pounds.