Parma Wallaby

Parma Wallaby at Wingham Wildlife Park

Size
This is the smallest of the wallabies with a weight of only 3.2Kg to 5.8Kg and reaching a height of around 18 inches.

Habitat and Distribution
This wallaby inhabits wet sclerophyll forests or occasionally also the drier eucalypt forests around the Eastern half of Australia where it lives in small sparse populations.

Age
In the wild this species is thought to live for between 6 and 8 years while their captive lifespan is much longer at 11 to 15 years.

Diet
Their diet consists of the leaves of low vegetation and also largely grass.

Groups and Breeding
These are generally solitary animals, although they have been observed grazing in small groups of up to 3 to 4 animals. The breeding season for Parma Wallabies is between March and July where a single mating can lead to 2 joeys being born, however the female will only produce one of these at a time. The first joey is born after a gestation of 30 days, 2 days after which the second embryo is fertilised, but does not develop any further than this until the first joey is ready to leave the pouch. 30 days after the first joey leaves the pouch, a second joey is born, and the female is able to nurse both of these (although only one is able to be reared inside the pouch).

Threats
This is a very shy and illusive species of Wallaby which only exists in small populations. Its status is set as endangered like almost all other kangaroo species, which protects their natural populations.

Interesting fac’s
At the end of the 19th century these wallabies were believed to be extinct, but a population of these was found on Kawau Island near Aukland in 1965 whilst trying to control the pest levels of another Wallaby species (the Tammar Wallaby).