Hellabrunn Zoo welcomes three new swamp wallabies to its Australia geozone
This week the Australia geozone at Hellabrunn Zoo welcomed three new residents: two female swamp wallabies and one pouch-dwelling joey have moved from Flamingo Land Zoo in Malton (UK) to Munich. There are now a total of four swamp wallabies in Hellabrunn.
Within just a few hours of arriving at Hellabrunn Zoo the two female swamp wallabies began to explore their new home. Always with them is the young joey, who is already so big that it could explore the new enclosure on its own, but still prefers riding with mum in the pouch. The buck who they meet on their arrival quickly showed interest in his new female enclosure mates. "So far, the animals appear very relaxed as they settle in and there have been no problems getting to know the existing residents. Even the meeting with the black swans, who also live in the same enclosure, went smoothly, so much so that even the emus will be able to return to the communal enclosure in the next few days," says curator Beatrix Köhler.
Female swamp wallabies can begin to mate three to seven days before they give birth to a young joey. The new embryo remains in the womb, but only starts to grow once the joey is weaned. This delayed birth ensures a rapid birth sequence so that a swamp wallaby can have up to three joeys at the same time: one that has already left the pouch, one that grows in the pouch and an embryo in the uterus.
The swamp wallaby is native to eastern and southeastern Australia. Despite its name, these animals live not only in wetlands, but also in forests and open grasslands. They are herbivores that feed on grasses, leaves and tree bark.
In Germany, there are only three other zoos apart from Hellabrunn where you can see swamp wallabies.