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Rare Tree Kangaroo Peeks out the Pouch at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: January 22, 2021 11:30 am

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The goodfellow's tree kangaroo joey peeks out of the pouch at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: Guy Dixon/ Taronga Zoo Sydney

Taronga Zoo Sydney in Australia have announced the emergence of a Goodfellow's tree kangaroo joey which is now peeking out of the pouch to meet guests.

The male joey is approximately 28 weeks old and is yet to be named. He has recently begun to pop his head and shoulders out of mom Kwikila's pouch. He will remain by her side until he is weaned around 18 months old.

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The goodfellow's tree kangaroo joey peeks out of the pouch at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: Guy Dixon/ Taronga Zoo Sydney

“This little joey is growing really well, but still seems a bit cautious to make the leap and fully hop out from the pouch,” said Keeper Sam Bennett.

“We’ve seen his legs, arms, head, and a tail popping out, just not at the same time quite yet. We’re expecting him to make the milestone any day now."

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“Kwikila is an experienced mum and is so relaxed and comfortable with her joey. We’ve even seen her holding food close to her pouch to tempt the little joey out.


“While half of him may still be in the pouch, visitors can still get a great glimpse of the joey from the viewing window in our café or from the boardwalk as they enter the zoo, particularly around feed time at 9am and 2pm when Kwikila tucks into a feast of fresh vegetables and flowers” said Sam.

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tree kangaroo joey taronga zoo

The goodfellow's tree kangaroo joey peeks out of the pouch at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: Guy Dixon/ Taronga Zoo Sydney

Goodfellow's tree kangaroos can be found in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Here they are well adapted to a life in the trees with paws well adapted to climbing. They are unfortunately endangered owing to habitat loss and encroaching human activity.

You can visit Taronga Zoo Sydney and meet the joey with a 50% discount currently being offered on adult, child and concession tickets purchased before January 31st 2020. Visitors to the zoo this summer can also share in thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

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The goodfellow's tree kangaroo joey peeks out of the pouch at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: Guy Dixon/ Taronga Zoo Sydney

Learn more about goodfellow's tree kangaroo here – Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo | The Animal Facts


Learn more about Taronga Zoo Sydney on their website – Taronga Zoo Sydney

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