Species profile

Agile Wallaby

Agile Wallaby

Range and abundance

The most common of the macropods in tropical coastal Australia, the Agile Wallaby is found across the north of Australia from Western Australia around the coast to the north of Cape York, and down the eastern seaboard until Mackay. It is abundant in open woodlands and grasslands adjacent to watercourses.

Description

The Agile Wallaby is a small kangaroo with a body size of 60 – 85 cm and a 58 – 84 cm tail. Males are considerably larger and heavier (16 – 27 kg) than females (9 – 15 kg). They have fur of sandy-brown above and pale fur below. They have a distinctive white stripe on the thigh and may have a darker stripe down their forehead.

Ecology

This gregarious wallaby lives in groups of up to ten, which may forage together with other mobs along the plains where it eats grasses and sedges. They breed through-out the year and give birth to a single young, which remains in the pouch for seven to eight months and is weaned at 10 to 12 months.

Threats

The Agile Wallaby remains common in north Australia. There is no evidence to suggest declines have occurred since European settlement, and populations may actually have increased in some cropping lands and where Dingoes have been persecuted.   


What is AWC doing?

AWC protects habitat for the Agile Wallaby on its north Australian sanctuaries. We have a program of fire management and feral herbivore control which promotes the ecological integrity of woodlands and grasslands. We encourage a stable population of Dingoes on our properties.

Did you know:

Like other kangaroos, the Agile Wallaby has the ability to become pregnant while still carrying its pouch-young. The newly fertilized embryo ceases cell division and becomes dormant (called embryonic diapause) until the pouch is vacated. This ability allows the wallaby to breed rapidly.