Macropodidae - Macropus, Petrogale and Wallabia spp.

What does it look like?

Wallabies are small marsupial animals that look like miniature kangaroos.  They are silver-grey to dark brown in colour.  Wallabies live in scrub, native forest and production forests.  They prefer the edges of these habitats, where there is dense vegetation and easy access to grassy areas (e.g. paddocks) where they can feed at night.

There are no known wallaby populations in Northland.  They are found on Kawau Island, just south of Northland Regional Council's boundary and within the Auckland region.  Large numbers are present in the Rotorua Lakes area and in North Otago.

Why is it a problem?

Wallabies are nocturnal and start feeding during early to late evening.  They eat grasses, native shrubs and trees.  Their browsing of native plants changes vegetation composition with subsequent negative impacts on the indigenous flora and fauna.

Depending on the species, female wallabies become sexually mature at 12 to 24 months of age and produce one young each year.  Most births occur during January to March and the young stay in the pouch for 250 to 275 days.