Peak District Wallabies

February 12, 2012 by staff 

Peak District Wallabies, A wallaby is any of about thirty species of macropod (Family Macropodidae). It is an informal designation generally used for any macropod that is smaller than a kangaroo or wallaroo that has not been given some other name.

Very small forest-dwelling wallabies are known as “pademelons” (genus Thylogale) and “dorcopsises” (genera Dorcopsis and Dorcopsulus). The name, “wallaby”, comes from the Eora, who were the first human inhabitants of the Sydney area. Young wallabies are known as “joeys,” like many other marsupials. Adult male wallabies are referred to as “bucks,” “boomers,” or “jacks.” An adult female wallaby is known as a “doe,” “flyer,” or “jill.” A group or congregation of wallabies is called a “court,” “mob,” or “troup.” Although members of most wallaby species are small, some can grow up to six feet in length (from head to tail).

Wallabies are herbivores whose diet consists of a wide range of grasses, vegetables, leaves, and other foliage. Due to recent urbanization, many wallabies now feed in rural and urban areas. Wallabies cover vast distances for food and water, which is often scarce in their environment. Mobs of wallabies often congregate around the same water hole during the dry season.

Wallabies face several threats. Wild dogs, foxes, and feral cats are among the predators wallabies face. A wallaby utilizes its powerful hind leg to fend off predators. Their powerful legs are not only used for bounding at high speeds and jumping great heights, but can also be used to administer powerful kicks to potential predators. Wallabies also have a powerful tail that is used mostly for balance and support. Humans also pose a significant threat to wallabies due to increased interaction. Many wallabies have been involved in vehicular accidents as they often feed near roads and urban areas.

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