Wallabies Arrive at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Source: Santa Barbara Zoo
The first two wallabies to arrive are both two-year-old females that came together from Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School, NY. Two male wallabies will also arrive soon and eventually join the females, with a breeding recommendation as part of the Species Survival Plan from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
“We are thrilled to welcome the first wallabies to the Santa Barbara Zoo, and are happy to see that they are adjusting well so far,” said Dr. Julie Barnes, the Zoo’s Vice President of Animal Care & Health. “We are really looking forward to sharing the new habitat and its unique Australian animals with our guests very soon.”
Bennett's wallabies are medium-sized marsupials found along the eastern coast of Australia and on the island of Tasmania. They are members of the macropod family, which also includes kangaroos and wallaroos. Their native habitat ranges from eucalyptus forests to open areas adjacent to forests, and their diet consists of mostly grasses, herbs, and leaves.
Adults can weigh between 30 and 40 pounds and stand about three feet tall, with males being slightly larger than females. One of the most identifiable traits of macropods is their unique form of locomotion, which is hopping, sometimes reaching speeds greater than 9 miles per hour. Though best known for hopping, wallabies can also crawl and swim. They 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.
Want to support wallabies? Help welcome the first residents of the Australian Walkabout by becoming a wallaby Foster Feeder today. Visit https://www.sbzoo.org/support/ to learn more. Wallaby naming sponsorship opportunities are available too! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Construction is nearly complete on the 15,000 square-foot Australian Walkabout, which is anticipated to open to the public in early January 2022. The new exhibit is specifically designed to put guests right in the middle of the action, exploring open pathways, beautiful landscapes, and seeing some of the most iconic and unique wildlife representatives from the continent of Australia, including emus, kangaroos, and wallabies, in addition to birds native to Australia.
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