Range: Southern Australia and Tasmania
Habitat: Grasslands, brush and scrubland
Wild Diet: Grass and leaves
Zoo Diet: Grain, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots, guinea pig pellets, vitamin supplements
These animals live in smaller groups than kangaroos. They prefer to eat grasses in fairly open areas where they can see predators coming and have room to escape. However they also enter forested areas for young tender leaves that supplement their diet of grass.
The young (usually one) is born in a very immature state after a very short gestation. The baby then crawls into the mother's pouch where it may stay another 5-11 months. The rate of growth is determined by how well the mother eats, and therefore how much milk she makes. Male and female babies grow at about the same rate until they leave the pouch at which time the males begins growing at a much faster rate so that adult males end up rather larger than adult females.
Gestation: About 40 days