Parma wallaby

Latin Name
Macropus parma

Class
Mammals

Order
Marsupialia

Description

As marsupials, parma wallabies carry young in pouches until they are developed. Though related to the kangaroo and similar in appearance, parma wallabies are much smaller.


 

Range

Eastern coast of Australia


Status

In 1965 a population of parma wallabies, thought to be extinct, was discovered in Australia. They are currently considered near threatened. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Parma Wallaby Species Survival Plan®, a shared conservation effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


Habitat

Forests (commonly with high precipitation) with thick underbrush


Niche

Widely dispersed throughout their habitats, parma wallabies hide within bushes before emerging to feed in the evening.


Life History

There is little social organization—different ages and genders interact. Promiscuous by nature, the male will vocalize during breeding.


Special Adaptations
  • Also known as the white-throated wallaby do to their coloration.
  • Parma wallabies communicate with visual clues. For example, aggression is exhibited by tail wagging and foot stomping.


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