How to Keep Kangaroos as Pets

By Cuteness Team

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:

Young red kangaroo (9 months) - Macropus rufus
Thinking of a different kind of four-legged friend? Try a baby kangaroo!
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Kangaroo in Open Field
All kangaroos need plenty of space to roam around! Make sure you have a big yard for them to explore!
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Caring for Your Pet Kangaroo

Kangaroo in outback
Taking care of a wallaby can be very rewarding!
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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.