Little kangaroos on a big journey


The Bennett's kangaroo is a subspecies of the red-necked wallaby and is found in eastern and south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. There it inhabits grasslands and eucalypt forests. These predominantly crepuscular kangaroos live either sociably in groups or solitary.

After a short gestation period of 29-30 days, the young of the Bennett's kangaroo are not born in their mother's pouch, but have to climb from the birth canal into the pouch on their own. It is remarkable that the newborn is still in an embryo-like state. Only the clawed front legs are already very well developed. A trail of saliva left by the mother before birth helps the young animal to find its way into the pouch.

Facts and figures

  • Animal species: Bennett's kangaroo
  • Scientific name: Macropus rufogriseus
  • Size: 70-90cm (head-torso length)
  • Weight: 14 - 19kg
  • Maximum age: 15 years
  • Gestation period: 30 days additional dormancy, pouch gestation period 280 days
  • Social structure: Loose groups or loners
  • Food: Grasses, herbs

Habitat and origin

  • Distribution: Eastern & south-eastern Australia, Tasmania
  • Habitat: Eucalypt forests, open grasslands