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How to Keep Kangaroos as Pets

| Updated November 01, 2017

Did you know in the United States you can keep a wallaby as a pet? These miniature kangaroos have plenty of personality and make great and unique pet for those who are looking for a different type of four-legged friend. Wallabies can make lovable and wonderful pets and can live up to 10-15 years, according to expert breeders! Here are some tips and ideas if you'd like to look into having a wallaby of your very own to love:

Kangaroo in Open Field
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Things You'll Need

  • Wallaby (miniature kangaroo)

  • Plenty of outdoor open for the wallaby

  • Fencing (approximately six feet high)

  • Wallaby feed (vegetables, fruits, formula)


  • Wallabies prefer moderate temperatures. In the summer time, they tend to get stressed due to the heat, so make sure they have ample shade and water at all times.


  • Male wallabies love play fighting when they are young, but it's probably not a good idea, because when they're older and weigh 30 or more pounds, it might not be so easy for you to play fight back with them anymore! If he jumps on you, you might very well end up with a concussion. Wallabies have sensitive digestive tracts. Make sure to avoid giving them feed with molasses as an ingredient. Also, avoid feeding them cabbage and broccoli, as these vegetables can cause them great aches and discomfort.

Caring for Your Pet Kangaroo

Kangaroo in outback
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Finding a Wallaby

Buy your wallaby from a reputable breeder, and not from an auction (these tend to be stressful on wallabies). You need to make sure to purchase your wallaby from a responsible breeder that you will be able to call with any questions that you may have regarding your pet wallaby. Make sure that the breeder is willing to show you the breeding premises, so you can make sure that your wallaby was bred and born in a safe, stable environment. Make sure before you receive your wallaby from the breeder that the wallaby has been neutered (if it is a male).


Feed your wallaby vegetables, grass, wheat bread, pelleted horse feed and raw fruits (carrots, sweet potatoes, apples). You also need to give your wallaby a formulated wallaby food that supplies him with all the necessary vitamins and nutrition (including selenium and Vitamin E). Pet wallabies always have to be bottle-raised.

Exercise and Habitat

Give your wallaby a lot of space to run and run, especially when if they feel frightened or threatened. Some wallabies live quite comfortably in places as small as 50 feet by 50 feet. The average backyard can accommodate that size. City dwellers without backyards need not apply!


Carefully train and watch your young wallaby--you could catch her grazing on your carpet, eating all of your house plants and climbing on all of your furniture and drapery if you don't train her properly.