Parma wallabies live only in New South Wales, Australia. They occupy wet, sclerophyll forests that have grassy openings and thick undergrowth.
They are herbivores, meaning their diet is made up of plants and grasses.
These animals will get together in very small groups to forage, usually at night or dawn/dusk, but apart from this and mating they are largely solitary. They communicate visually, with tail wagging, quivering, and foot stomping to signal aggression.
Gestation is for about 35 days. The newborn remains in its mother’s pouch. After 30 weeks it is ready to leave the pouch, but the female continues to nurse until 10 months, when the joey becomes completely independent.
The main threat to this species is predation by a number of introduced natural predators, including feral cats and foxes. Another threat is habitat destruction, as bushfires and grazing by livestock can also reduce the amount of suitable vegetation where wallabies can seek shelter.
- Latin Name: Macropus parma
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Diprotodontia
- Conservation Status: Near Threatened
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