Endangered Species: Wallaby
Christiansburg Elementary
Submitted by: Kiwi, Grade fifth
Christiansburg, Virginia,  USA
Wallaby
Why Study This Topic? What Was Already Known Search for Information Description of Plant or Animal Habitat Requirements
Adaptations Reasons for Endangerment Restoration Actions What Was Learned Conclusions from Research

Why Study This Topic

    I want to find out why the wallaby is endangered, what it eats, who its enemies and friends are and what its life span is.  I also want to learn about the wallaby's young (joeys), how adult wallabies care for their young, how many wallabies are born in a litter, and how old they have to be before the joeys live on their own.
    I want to know if wallabies mark their territory, and if they do, how do they do it?  I want to know if they travel in groups or alone and I want to know if wallabies live in groups.
    I would like to find out about their behavior during times when they've been disturbed or scared.  I would also like to know how many wallabies are left in the world and how people  protect those wallabies.

What Was Already Known


 


    Before I started my research on this animal, I didn't know very much about the wallaby.  I knew it was similar to a kangaroo, but much smaller.  I also knew it was a herbivore, which means it eats plants,  not meat.  Some day I hope that the wallaby won't be endangered.
 


Search for Information


 


    I searched for  information on the  wallaby on the internet, encyclopedia and other resources. Some of the sites that I went to on the internet were: http://www.indyzoo.com/facts/fact.asp?animal=bennetts%20wallaby, http://www.scz.org/animals/w/wallaby.html, http://www.blarg.net/~critter/articles/wal_kang/wallaby2.html, http://www.yahoo.com, http://www.yahoooligans.com and http://www.lycos.com.
    I also searched in a book call Kangaroos and Other Marsupials.  It gave me a lot of information.
 

Description of Plant or Animal

    Some wallabies, depending on what type of wallaby they are, can be gray and brown with a white stomach.  They can weigh 30-50 pounds and can reach a height of 30 inches. Another type of wallaby can be black with reddish gold highlights on the chest and face; they can weigh 30-50 pounds and reach a height of of 28 inches.
    All wallabies are marsupials. The female wallaby has a pouch in which she carries her young. All wallabies are also macropods, which means "big foot."  Wallabies have a triangular body shape. Most wallabies have powerful tails.
 

Habitat Requirements

    The wallaby is an herbivore, which means it eats plants and not meat.  They eat grass, hay, leaves, bark, twigs, plus fruits and vegetables.  Wallabies, like cows, have more than one stomach (ructus).
    Wallabies drink water, as most wild animals do.  Where they live determines their drinking source.  Some wallabies drink from streams, rivers, lakes, rain water and possibly dew off the grass.
    Wallabies need space to run, shade in the summer and shelter in the winter.  Wallabies that are pets should be kept in a six-foot fence of welded wire or of chain link fencing. Hog wire, hog panels or chicken wire should not be used when building a cage for a wallaby. Also, different types of wallabies need different types of shelter.
    Some wallabies live in Australia, New Zealand and a few surrounding islands.  A colony of wallabies lives in the northern part of England.
 

Adaptations

    Different types of wallabies can be prey for different types of animals depending on where they live.  Wallabies in Australia could be prey for dingos.  Other wallabies that live in  other places could be eaten by wolves, wild foxes and more.
    Wallabies don't hunt or chase their food. They're herbivores; they find their food.
 

Reasons for Endangerment

    The wallaby is endangered because of poaching. Some poachers  poach wallabies for fun while others poach them for their fur.  Although it is illegal to poach, people still do it. I think that there should be firmer laws to prevent poaching.
 

Restoration Actions

    I think that wallabies should be put in refuges. I also think that wallabies' homes should be preserved and people should not be able to destroy their habitats.
    I think that in the future people should protect all endangered animals, as well as animals that aren't endangered.  I hope that some day the wallaby won't be endangered, and other animals won't be endangered either.
 

What Was Learned

    Wallabies live in  Australia, New Zealand, a few surrounding islands, and a colony of Red-necked wallabies live in the wild in Northern England.  The wallabies that live in Northern England descended from two wallabies that escaped over forty years ago. Wallabies eat grass, hay, leaves, twigs, fruits and vegetables.  Wallabies need shade in the summer and shelter in the winter.
    The wallaby is endangered because of poaching.  Some people poach the wallaby for fun while others poach them for their fur.
    I think that wallabies should be put in refuges.  I also think that wallabies habitats should be preserved.
 

Conclusions From Research

    I love making webpages, but I've never made a webpage on an animal before.  I think  it is a wonderful experience to be able to make a webpage.  I also think that people should be aware of why the wallaby is endangered. One thing that I would like to see being improved is the laws on poaching.  I hope you feel the same way.
    Making a webpage has improved my computer skills.  It has also improved my writing skills.  I've really enjoyed making a webpage.
 
 


Bibliography

 


    For some of my research I looked in a book called Our Wild World of Kangaroos and Other Marsupials.  I looked on page six, page nine, page seventeen and page eighteen. This was my favorite book that I used for research.
 

http://www.blarg.net
http://www.indyzoo.com
http://www.scz.org
http://www.yahoo.com
http://www.yahoooligans.com
http://www.lycos.com



 


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