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Kofi the Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo Tackles Training

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: January 21, 2022 12:59 pm

Kofi the Tree Kangaroo Training

Kofi the Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo during his training with keeper Renee Howell at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Photo Credit: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

One year on from his arrival at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Kofi the goodfellow's tree kangaroo is showing that he is a training superstar.

“We developed a unique training program just for Kofi and we’re really proud of his achievements so far,” said Renee Howell, Zookeeper at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.

 

“Kofi responded very well to the training and is now successfully target trained – which means he willingly steps onto scales – allowing us to weigh him and closely monitor his health. Next, we’ll look to station train him, which means we’ll be able to introduce guest interactions with Kofi, which is very exciting!” added Renee.

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Kofi is the first tree kangaroo to ever live at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. He joined the family last year as part of the Tricky Tongues and Treetops Zone.

While know as a kangaroo these animals do not hop along the ground like most kangaroos. Instead they are adapted for a life in the trees with shorter limbs and large claws. They can also move their back legs independently.

An international breeding program has been established for this species and Kofi was born as part of this program at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria.

Learn more about Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo here – Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on their website – WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Kofi the Tree Kangaroo Training

Kofi the Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo during his training at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Photo Credit: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

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