2 December 2020

New arrival – a taxidermied red-necked wallaby

(Macropus rufogriseus Desmarest, 1817)

The Darwin museum collection has been replenished with a taxidermied red-necked wallaby, which came from the Moscow Zoo. The taxidermy mount was made by the taxidermist of the museum - Valentina Kubanina.

 

The red-necked wallaby or Bennett's wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus Desmarest, 1817) is a species of the Macropodidae (kangaroo) family. It is found in coastal scrub sclerophyll forest throughout coastal and highland eastern Australia, as well as on the island of Tasmania and other Bass Strait islands. Over the past thirty years, due to the decrease in hunting them and partial clearing of forests, the population of red-necked wallaby in Tasmania, northeastern New South Wales, and coastal Queensland has increased significantly.


Active at dusk. During the daytime, they occasionally look for food. These animals have no pronounced social behavior: many of the red-necked wallabies are solitary, although they can also live in small groups. These red-necked kangaroos feed on plant food. 








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