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Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat

Red-necked Wallaby Macropus rufogriseus


(McKenzie et al. 2008)

  • Southeastern Australia and Tasmania
  • Larger coastal islands near Tasmania and in Bass Strait
  • Well-established, introduced populations in Tasmania, New Zealand's South Island (Jackson 2005) (Le Page et al. 2000), and Europe (England, Scotland, Ireland, etc.) (Eldridge and Coulson 2015)
    • These New Zealand populations were founded over as much as 3 generations with between 6-10 individuals
    • Today show reduced genetic diversity due to this reduced population size in the past


  • Grassy areas in Eucalyptus forests (Johnson 1987) (Jarman & Calaby 2008)
    • Feed on grass, but require forests or forest remnants, or vegetated gullies for shelter and rest
  • Prefer flat, high ground with grasses and open areas for feeding (Zusi 2010)
    • Use cleared land and disturbed habitats
    • Populations near urban areas show decline, probably due to hunting and to ecosystem disruption
  • Elevations up to 2,000 m (6,562 ft) in New Zealand (Warburton 2005)

Distribution of the Red-necked Wallaby

Red-necked wallaby distribution map

Red-necked wallabies occur in southeastern Australia and Tasmania.

Adapted from according to IUCN fact sheet. Click here or on map for detailed distribution (IUCN).

Page Citations

Eldridge and Coulson (2015)
Jackson (2005)
Jarman & Calaby (2008)
Johnson (1987)
Le Page et al. (2000)
McKenzie et al. (2008)
Warburton (2005)
Weir et al. (1995)
Zusi (2010)

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