Zoo Welcomes Wallabies
Published: 26th Jul 2019A group of Parma wallabies have recently hopped their way to Newquay Zoo.
A group of Parma wallabies has recently hopped their way to Newquay Zoo.
Found in south east Australia, Parma wallabies are the smallest members of the kangaroo family. And we mean small. Their weight can be anything between 3-6kg – equivalent to your average domestic cat. And their height averages 50cm – not much more than your standard school ruler.
The four unnamed male wallabies have come to Cornwall from Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford.
The Cornish charity zoo has previously homed wallabies and is looking forward to reintroducing them to the collection. Curator of Animals John Meek commented: ‘Wallabies were one of the original animals at Newquay Zoo when it first opened back in 1969. This year we are celebrating our 50th anniversary, so it’s quite fitting that we have reintroduced wallabies back into the collection.
‘At the moment they are still getting used to their surroundings, they are a little shy but remarkably cute.’
Parma wallabies were believed to be extinct until they were rediscovered in 1965. They are now classified as Near Threatened according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, due to habitat loss and hunting.