TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword………………………………………………………………….. 1
Acknowledgments……………………………………………………… 5
Table of Contents………………………………………………………. 7
Ch. 1) – Understanding Wallabies and Wallaroos……… 11
1) Wallaby vs. Wallaroo……………………………………………… 12
2) Understanding Wallaroos……………………………………….. 15
3) Types of Wallaroos……………………………………………….. 16
a.) Common Wallaroo (Macropus robustus)………………… 17
b.) Black Wallaroo (Macropus bernardus)……………………. 20
c.) Antilopine Wallaroo (Macropus antilopinus)……………… 22
4) What About The Kangaroo?…………………………………… 23
Ch. 2) – What to Know Before You Buy……………………. 27
1.) Do You Need a License?………………………………………. 27
a.) Licensing in the U.S……………………………………………… 28
b.) Licensing in the U.K……………………………………………… 30
2.) How Many Should You Buy?………………………………….. 31
3.) Can Macropods Be Kept with Other Pets?……………… 32
4.) Ease and Cost of Care…………………………………………. 33
a.) Initial Costs…………………………………………………………. 34
b.) Monthly Costs……………………………………………………… 36
Pros and Cons of Owning a Wallaby or Wallaroo…………. 39
Ch. 3) – Purchasing Wallabies and Wallaroos…………… 41
1.) Buying in the U.S…………………………………………………. 42
2.) Buying in the U.K…………………………………………………. 43
3.) How to Select a Healthy Wallaroo………………………….. 43
Ch. 4) – Caring for Wallabies and Wallaroos…………….. 45
1.) First Year of Life………………………………………………….. 45
a.) Regulating Temperature……………………………………….. 46
b.) Feeding a Joey……………………………………………………. 48
c.) Introducing Solid Food to Joeys…………………………….. 50
d.) Using a Playpen………………………………………………….. 51
2.) Habitat Requirements………………………………………….. 52
a.) Tips for Fencing Enclosures…………………………………. 53
b.) Constructing Holding Areas…………………………………… 54
c.) Habitat Details…………………………………………………….. 55
d.) Furnishing the Enclosure……………………………………… 56
3.) Feeding Wallaroos………………………………………………. 56
a.) Types of Food…………………………………………………….. 57
b.) Captive vs. Wild Feeding of Adults………………………… 58
c.) Foods and Supplements……………………………………… 58
d.) Presentation of Food…………………………………………… 59
Ch. 5) – Breeding Wallabies and Wallaroos……………… 61
1.) Basic Breeding Info……………………………………………… 61
a) Summary of Breeding Info…………………………………….. 62
2.) Mating and the Birthing Process……………………………. 63
3.) Raising the Babies………………………………………………. 64
Ch. 6) – Healthy Wallabies and Wallaroos………………… 67
1.) Common Health Problems…………………………………… 67
a) Hair Loss…………………………………………………………….. 67
b) Fleas………………………………………………………………….. 68
c) Ticks…………………………………………………………………… 69
d) Bowel Prolapse……………………………………………………. 69
e) Scours……………………………………………………………….. 70
f) Thrush…………………………………………………………………. 71
g) Pneumonia………………………………………………………….. 72
h) Necrobacillosis (Lumpy Jaw)…………………………………. 73
2.) Diagnosing Injuries………………………………………………. 74
3.) Macropod First Aid………………………………………………. 76
a) Clear the Airway…………………………………………………… 76
b) Stop the Bleeding…………………………………………………. 77
c) Maintain Body Temperature……………………………………. 77
d) Minimize Stress…………………………………………………… 78
Ch. 7) – Wallaby and Wallaroo Care Sheet……………….. 81
1.) Basic Information…………………………………………………. 81
2.) Cage Set-up Guide………………………………………………. 82
3.) Feeding Guide……………………………………………………… 82
Ch. 8) – Additional Tips and Information………………….. 85
1.) Enclosure Maintenance Guidelines………………………… 85
2.) Conservation Status…………………………………………….. 87
a) Wallabies…………………………………………………………….. 87
b) Common Wallaroo (Macropus robustus)…………………. 87
c) Black Wallaroo (Macropus bernardus)…………………….. 88
d) Antilopine Wallaroo (Macropus antilopinus)……………… 88
3.) Determining Age in Macropods……………………………… 88
4.) Rescuing Wild Joeys……………………………………………. 89
Afterword…………………………………………………………………. 93
Relevant Websites…………………………………………………… 97
Frequently Asked Questions……………………………………… 105
Glossary…………………………………………………………………. 109
Index………………………………………………………………………. 113