We are thrilled to welcome the newest members of the Cobb's family - 6 Bennett's Wallabies!
Admission to the Kangaroo Petting Zoo is 5 Kernels per person, or included with your Bought the Farm Admission!
What are wallabies?
- Wallabies are part of the kangaroo family - Macropodidae - which includes kangaroos, wallabies, tree-kangaroos, pademelons, quokkas, and several other macropod marsupials.
- Marsupials are mammals that bear their young at a premature stage in their development and raise their infant to a juvenile stage in an anatomical pouch. Some marsupials include: kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, opposums, sugar gliders, wombats
- Macropod means "Big Foot” - Macropods have large hind feet, long powerful tails, relatively small heads, large ears and on the females, forward opening pouches.
Where are they from?
- Bennett's wallabies are originally from Tasmania, an island state off the southern coast of Australia.
- Our wallabies at Cobb's are born and raised Canadians! About 30 years ago, kangaroos and wallabies were being culled in many areas of Australia and New Zealand. A Canadian adopted many of these animals and built a sanctuary for them to live in! This is where our wallabies are from!
Is it warm enough for them in Canada?
- The Bennett's Wallaby has the densest coat of all the kangaroos, making it a successful resident in cooler climates. It actually snows in Tasmania, where they are originally from (they also have a nice, warm house at Cobb's)!
What do they eat?
- Their vegetarian diet consists mainly of grasses, herbs and leaves. They also love corn!
How big do they get?
- Bennett's Wallabies grow to be about 3 feet tall and can grow to be as heavy as 20 kg.
How old do they get?
- They generally live to be about 12 years old but can sometimes live to be over 15 years old!