Meet the Kangaroo Conservation Center's most recent arrivals: Soleil, Oliver and an as of yet to be named little joey born to mama Bindi. These are Agile Wallabies, Northern Australian and Indonesian marsupials related to their better known cousins, red and grey kangaroos. All three of these babies were born in the summer of 2008, but have been hidden in pouches for most of that time. For the incubator babies, a cloth pouch was provided.
Soleil and Oliver have a close bond
A warm home
What do you think this baby Joey's name should be?
Agile Wallabies are rarely exhibited in the States and the Kangaroo Conservation Center has the largest collection.
My wife and I visited the Bronx Zoo during a recent snow storm and, to our delight, we had the place to ourselves. We spent a long time watching a mama tree kangaroo busy protecting her joey snuggled safely in pouch. While the baby kangaroo didn't emerge that day, we are delighted to share these new pictures of him and his proud mom courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Check out mom's claws!
Matschie's Tree-kangaroo lives in the mountainous rainforests
at high elevations, living alone or in very small groups, usually comprising just a
mother, joey and a male. They spend most of their time in the trees and
come down occasionally to feed. Like all kangaroos, they are are quite the hoppers and can
leap up to 30 feet (9 m).
A photo of mom and another baby born earlier this year.
Photos by: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
Spotted: Interspecies conoodling at the San Francisco Zoo...
Photographer Susan Pettitt caught these kangaroos coming nose to nose with a wild squirrel just the other day at the San Francisco Zoo...
Momma meerkat valiantly protects her babe, but we suspect Dayo is "meer"ly curious...
We are taking you back to earlier this Spring to visit this charming Wallaby from Longleat Safari Park in Wilthshire, England. This little one, called a joey, seems to have a good plan for staying warm in any season. If winter's settling in where you are, take his lead and bundle up!
Longleat has had a great record with births over the last few years with baby giraffe, camel and lion cubs to name but a few.