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Tammar Wallaby

Macropus eugenii

Did you know?

  • They are named “tammar” after the tamma sheoak shrub thickets, which provide shelter during the day. 
  • Tammar wallabies often live in groups called mobs.
  • Wallabies move forward by hopping, using their back feet to push off and their tails for balance.
  • If they sense danger, they will give warning thumps with their hind legs.
  • Body length is 20 to 27 inches and weight ranges from 15 to 20 pounds. 

Kangaroo Cousin

Like its cousin the kangaroo, the Tammar wallaby is a marsupial (pouched mammal) and a member of the macropod ("large foot") family. Basically, a wallaby is any macropod that is not large enough to be considered a kangaroo. There is no defined distinction between the two.

Nocturnal Eater

The Tammar wallaby spends its day at rest under dense vegetation and will only emerge to eat after dark. Though several wallabies may eat together, they do not form large groups. The wallaby is able to survive in its dry habitat by drinking sea water when fresh water is not available.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild

Least Concerned

The Tammar Wallaby's wild population is stable.




Thickets and shrublands

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