Bennett’s Wallabies are the most popular Wallaby found in the United States. They are considered to make the best pets because they have no odor on their bodies, are docile, and are the most hearty as they are able to handle a wide range of climates.
There are of course individual personalities and temperaments between wallabies, but bottle-raised wallabies who receive continuous contact with humans tend to remain friendly and affectionate throughout their life.
Although it is difficult to know the exact age of a wallaby unless you’ve seen its birth, we guess that Bennett’s approximate age is 11 months. When we first got Bennett he weighed just 3 pounds and was receiving 4 bottles per day. Like an infant child he required constant care and supervision. We carried him in his pouch, held him, toileted him, and he slept in a pouch hanging inside his pack n play next to our bed.
Now Bennett weighs 13 1/2 pounds and is spending the day inside his enclosure and nights at home with us. He still receives 2 bottles (morning and evening).
Bennett loves having his head and ears stroked, seeing new things, looking outside the window of the car, laying across our lap, hopping in his enclosure and getting his bottle. We are absolutely in love with this amazing little guy and cannot wait to share more of his adventures with you.
Wallabies are marsupials, which means the infants are born extremely small (30 days gestation) and crawl into the mother’s pouch where they attach themselves to a nipple and continue to grow and develop. When they are fully furred, at approximately six to seven months of age, they can be taken to be bottle fed and socialized with humans. If left with their mother most wallabies are weaned at 10 months. It is not uncommon for bottle-raised wallabies to remain on the bottle till they are at least 12 months old. Some bottle-raised wallabies never give up their bottle and continue to receive one diluted bottle through adulthood as a way to stay close with their keeper.
Bennett Wallabies live for approximately 12-15 years.
They are approximately 30”-36” tall and weigh 30-50 lbs. at full maturity. Males are generally larger.
Their diet consists of mostly grasses, herbs and leaves. In captivity they receive Timothy Hay, grasses, rolled oats, dark leafy greens, cilantro, parsley, Sweet Potato, green beans, apples and Kangaroo/Wallaby pellets.