The species of wallabies that are brought to kangaroo house are generally the following:

Pretty-face or Whiptail Wallaby (Macropus parryi)

The Pretty-faced Wallaby is distinguished by its paler colouring and white stripe under its face. It is a sociable species, sometimes coming together in mobs of up to 50. It is neither diurnal nor nocturnal, being active at any time of day or night. The Pretty-faced Wallaby feeds on grasses and ferns.

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Agile or Sandy Wallaby (Macropus agilis)

The Agile Wallaby, as its alternative name implies, is a sandy colour becoming paler below. It is a sociable animal and grazes on grasses and other plants.

There are four subspecies of the Agile Wallaby:

  • M. a. agilis – the nominate subspecies is found in Northern Territory;
  • M. a. jardinii – this subspecies is found on the northern and eastern coasts of Queensland;
  • M. a. nigrescens – found in the Kimberley and Arnhem Land regions of Western Australia;
  • M. a. papuanus – found in southern and southeastern Papua New Guinea and some neighbouring islands.
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Black-striped or Scrub Wallaby (Macropus dorsalis)

The Black-striped Wallaby resembles the mainland race of the Red-necked Wallaby, differing in the black line down its back, a white stripe over the hip and more red colouration (extending down the arms and further down the abdomen). It is shy, nocturnal grazer and is not well-known owing to its preference for thick scrub, where it may easily be hidden.

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