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Bennett's Wallabies


Wallabies are marsupials which means the infants are born extremely small and crawl into the mother’s pouch where they attach themselves to a nipple. This is where they stay warm and happy until they are some six to seven months of age, at which time they are fully furred and taken to be bottle fed and socialized with humans. We pull our little Bennett’s joeys when they weigh 2-1/2 to 3 pounds A Bennett’s life span is 12-15 years. The Bennett’s Wallaby is 30”-36” tall in height and weighs 30-50 pounds when they reach maturity. Males are generally larger and more muscular. The height and weight of the species varies considerably from one individual animal to another.

white mum with joey

  The Bennett’s Wallaby makes a wonderful pet! When bottle-reared from infancy and provided with lots of TLC, they are capable of returning human affection to a degree astounding to most people! The most common Bennett’s color is grayish brown with red-brown neck and shoulders and light under markings. A less common variety is the albino Bennett’s, which is snow white in color and quite striking in appearance. Besides the color, however, the two are identical in size, behavior, etc. 


The attention given a Joey ,baby wallaby, from the time he is taken from his mother, the loving attention he receives, his environment, veterinary care, and the age at which he is removed from his mother’s pouch are all very important factors in determining his adult disposition and physical condition. Therefore, buying a Joey from a reputable breeder with references is very important. A joey is commonly kept in a  mesh baby playpen during the periods when the owner is not carrying him/her in an artificial pouch. The pouch, made of a very soft material, can be attached to the side of the playpen with the bottom just off of the floor of the playpen. This time in a little joey’s life is essential for bonding to his new ”roo mum" or "roo dad.” The owner must spend as much time as possible with the little joey, wearing the pouch and taking the baby with him If he/she wants a bonded, loving, happy pet. 


brown Bennett's with joey

  Purchase of a bottle baby joey from Buffalo Hill Exotics includes a pouch, bottle, marsupial nipples, container of milk, and a packet including info, tips and hints sheets. We offer 7/24 after-sale support to help ensure that the buyer raises a happy healthy pet! All our Bennett’s joeys are sired by our white male!

We encourage all buyers to pick up their new joeys here at the ranch. Visitors are always welcome! 

Bennett's pouch joey


Because we are frequently asked questions by prospective wallaby joey owners, we have decided to provide a list of questions and answers that might prove helpful to those seeking additional information.  We do not consider ourselves experts. All the information found here is based solely on our 26+ years of experience.This info may be applied to Bennett's, Dama and Red Kangaroo joeys.


Will Buffalo Hill Exotics ship  joeys to prospective buyers? 

No, we do not offer shipping for our bottle babies. We love for our buyers to pick their joeys up here at the ranch. That gives us an opportunity to offer hands on experience in handling, bottle feeding and pottying the little one.

Do wallabies make good pets?

Taking on the  responsibility of a baby joey involves much the same commitment as that of a newborn infant. Your little joeys should spend as much time with you as possible. Put him in his pouch and wear him everywhere. He will stay a tiny joey for such a short time, but it is the time when bonding occurs. He will return his love and devotion to you in the same proportions as you have them given to him.

Do Wallabies get along with dogs, cats and children?

The question should be - Do dogs, cats and children get along with wallabies? While your pet dog may be mild and meek-mannered, it is very difficult to predict what he will do when sharing a home with a joey. There are dogs and wallabies living together in perfect harmony, but one must always remember that many little joeys are lost through mauling by an overly excited family pet. Cat litter boxes can spread disease to roos. Unsupervised young children can cause harm to delicate bones and may over stress a baby joey. One must be fully aware of the possibliites and be prepared to deal with them when choosing to add a wallaby to the family.


How much and how often should I feed my joey?

We feed newly pulled joeys every 3-1/2  to 4 hours. This, of course varies with the size of the joey The night feeding may be eliminated after a couple of weeks if the joey is losing interest in his bottle and is not taking his late-night milk readily.  One should always follow the directions given by the manufacturer of the milk replacer product.  One exception is that if feeding powered Esbilac, it must be mixed at a 3 waters to 1 powered milk ratio, not 2 to 1 as directed by Esbilac for use in puppies. It is very important to remember that under-feeding is better than over- feeding. Over-feeding can flood the gut tract of the little one and cause very troublesome diarrhea.  It is very important that you weigh your joey regularly to be assured that he is gaining weight and thriving.

How do I "potty" my joey?

Joeys are normally stimulated to defecate and urinate by mum's licking. To duplicate this action, gently tap or stroke the genital area of the joey with a tissue or warm, damp washcloth after each feeding and upon his awaking from a nap. Continue to stimulate your joey until he stops urinating and defecating. This may take a couple of minutes since he urinates in spurts rather than in a steady stream. Failure to stimulate may lead to urinary tract/kidney and bowel disease.

Can I "house-break" my wallaby?

 Some owners state that they have been able to house- break their joey using a puppy potty pad by consistantly pottying their joey on a pad placed in the same location each and every time that he is pottied. Unfortunately, we have never been able to successfully housebreak a roo of any species, be it Dama, Bennett's or a Red Kangaroo.

How important is a playpen for my joey?

We consider the use of a mesh playpen an essential tool in his upbringing. It provides a place of comfort, privacy and safety for a baby roo. His pouch is hung over the side of the pen, secured by a bungee cord. Remember, if the bottom of the pouch touches the base of the pen, the baby will be able to exit his pouch. A little joey will not get out of his pouch while it is suspended off the floor.

What do I feed my joey?

We start by offering him green grass with roots attached. When he is able to chew solid foods, we give him Little Hopper or Happy Hopper.  As he grows, hay is also an essential part of his diet. Always provide  a bowl of fresh water and a twig or small limb to chew and a dish of Happy Hopper or similar roo food in the playpen.

When should I wean my joey?

We do not wean joeys. We allow our juvenile roos to take a bottle as long as they want. Some joeys show little interest in a bottle from the beginning and give it up by themselves in a very few months or even weeks. Others love their bottles and seemingly never want to give them up. We have found that by giving a diluted bottle of mik a day to a great big bottle baby is a wonderful way to maintain a strong bond between us and our big roo joey.




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