Spring has sprung at Zoo Boise in the form of not one, but two wallaby babies! The joeys have recently made their appearance in the zoo’s Wallaby Walkabout exhibit. This is the second generation of joeys born at Zoo Boise, with mothers Abbey and Kaiya being born at the zoo in 2010 and 2011, respectively. The gender of both joeys is currently unknown until their first veterinary exams.
Kaiya’s joey is approximately five months old and Abbey’s is approximately three months old. Each joey still spends much of its time inside its mother’s pouch. In the coming months, they will begin to adventure outside on their own for short periods of time.
The Wallaby Walkabout currently features seven Bennett’s wallabies; four adult females, one male and the two joeys. Wallabies are small marsupials from Australia and related to kangaroos.
Visitors are able to walk into the Wallaby Walkabout and see the wallabies up-close. During Spring Break, the Wallaby Walkabout will be open from 1:00 – 4:30pm. At times the Wallaby Walkabout is closed, zoo visitors may still see the wallabies from outside the exhibit. In addition, the WestVet Animal Encounters will be held daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm, the Sloth Bear Encounter will be daily from 10:30-11:30am and the Giraffe Encounter will be daily at 1:30-2:30pm.
Zoo Boise invites the community to Keep Your World Wild; the zoo turns the act of visiting the zoo into a conservation action. Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science. For more information, see www.zooboise.org.