Parma wallaby

Adams in the Cincinnati Zoo nursery.

Kangaroos and parma wallabies (Macropus parma) are in the same family, with wallabies as the smaller of the two. When a baby wallaby, called a joey, is born it climbs into a pouch on its mother’s belly where it stays safe and hidden for the first six or seven months of its life.


  • Where to see them: Australia and New Zealand
  • Length: 1.5 to 2 ft
  • Weight: 11 lbs
  • Lifespan: 5 to 7 yrs
  • Habitat: Forest and grassland
  • Diet: Grass
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Near threatened)
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