Wallabies are marsupials — pouched mammals — which are members of the kangaroo clan with the genus Macropus. Like all marsupials, the young are born under-developed and weak, spending several months in their mother's pouch.
Located primarily in Australia, wallabies are a large species grouped roughly by habitat. They include shrub wallabies, brush wallabies and rock wallabies. Another group is the hare wallaby, famous for its hare-like characteristics and size. Brush wallabies are built like kangaroos and are measured between 45 and 105 cm. Rock wallabies are extremely agile and colored in shades of brown, gray and other sundry stripes. Forest wallabies are native to New Guinea with the smallest, the dwarf wallaby, measuring in at 46 cm. In total there are 11 species of brush wallabies, six rock wallabies, two hare wallabies and three forest wallabies.
Wallabies are small- to medium-sized mammals, and they have powerful hind legs to bound great distances. Wallabies also have powerful tails used for balance during high-speed movement. When threatened, wallabies rear back onto their tails and kick using their powerful hind legs.Learn more about Marsupials