Chapter 3 – Purchasing Wallabies and Wallaroos

Purchasing a wallaby or a wallaroo is not as easy as going to your local pet store. You may not be able to find a breeder in your immediate area.

Wallaby Wallaroo

If this is the case, I strongly advise against having a joey shipped to you. It would be far preferable for you to drive to the breeding establishment to pick up the animal.

Young joeys are shy and sensitive by nature. They are extremely susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity, and crave the feeling of security that comes with growing up in their mother’s pouch.

For these and other reasons, many breeders will not even consider shipping the animals, so you may need to factor travel costs into your initial purchase expense.

1.)  Buying in the U.S.

In the United States, in order to obtain legal animals that have been raised in good circumstances, contact dealers online.

One of the best providers of wallaroos in the U.S. is Schreiner Farms of Dallesport, Washington. (The ranch also breeds and sells cattle, ostrich, camel, zebra, and other exotic animals.)

Schreiner Farms

Buffalo Hill Exotics in Centralia, Illinois raises both Bennett’s and Dama wallabies in addition to miniature horses, red kangaroos, miniature zebra, cattle, buffalo, Bactrian camels, and miniature long-haired dachshunds.

Buffalo Hill Exotics

Valley Stables Exotics of Berea, Kentucky offers Bennett’s Wallabies in addition to African Serval Cats, African Caracal Lynx, miniature llamas, and a range of other animals.

Valley Stables Exotics

The Fall City Wallaby Ranch located in Fall City, Washington also offers Red Kangaroos in addition to Grey and Albino Bennett’s Wallabies.

Fall City Wallaby Ranch

 2.)  Buying in the U.K.

Because the keeping of wallaroos and potentially wallabies is heavily regulated in the U.K. it may be tricky to find one for purchase. To begin your search try:

Wallabies and Wabbits

3.)  How to Select a Healthy Wallaroo

The last thing you want is to go through the trouble to find a quality macropod breeder only to bring your pet home and discover it is suffering from a health problem.

Some of the things to look for in a healthy macropod:

  • Eyes are bright and alert
  • No visible signs of injuryor illness
  • Fluid movements, not limping or dragging limbs
  • Even temperament, seems well socialized
  • Not afraid of humans
  • No discharge from the eyes, noseor mouth
  • Healthy appetite, not refusing food
  • No signs of diarrheain the pen
  • Coat is in good condition, not rough or patchy

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