The Wallaby is from the Macrapod Family of Australian Marsupials which includes, kangaroo, wallaroos, tree-kangaroos and forest wallabies.
Of the 16 Species of Wallaby, many are now a protected endangered species, and export of fur/skin products is strictly controlled under the Australian Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.Wallaby Fur colour varies widely from grey to reddish brown with some wallabies having distinctive darker or lighter noise, tails and feet.
Kangaroos are not farmed in Australia, and only exist wild, apart from in Licensed Zoos.
When used for commercial reasons they are shot in the wild by licensed hunters. Only four species of Kangaroo are permitted to be used for Commercial reasons.
The Export of Wallaby Fur in the earlier to mid 20th Century however, was not tightly controlled and an obvious factor in their now mostly protected status. Wallaby and kangaroo fur is prised for its warmth whilst being light weight. Kangaroo Leather is used world wide in the production of footwear due to its high strength and durability.
In the past Wallaby and Kangaroo Fur was used for Coats, Hats, Purses, and other clothing items along with Rugs and soft furnishings.
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