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Ask the Expert: Kangaroo or Wallaby?

Question: What's the difference between a kangaroo and a wallaby?

Answer: The most obvious difference between a kangaroo and wallaby is their size. However, both of these animals are macropods, which means they have large feet used for locomotion or jumping. They are also some of the best known marsupials, or animals that have a pouch to grow and carry their young. When it comes to size, kangaroos are much larger and can weigh as much as 200 pounds. Wallabies are typically smaller; some weighing in at 50 pounds but others as little as four pounds.

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Wallabies like "Crikey" typically weigh less than 50 pounds

A stroll through Australian Adventure will allow you to see kangaroos, wallabies — and even wallaroos! “Bennett’s wallabies like Crikey (above), are native to forested areas, where they are protected from predators and have plenty of leafy greens to snack on,” said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Education Manager Jim Nemet. Crikey is one of the Education Ambassador Animals that has been trained to interact with guests. “Crikey is a great ambassador to represent the Zoo’s unique Australian animals,” said Nemet.

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Kangaroos are larger and can weigh as much as 200 pounds.

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