February 25, 2024
Yellow-footed rock wallaby Aja and her joey child in her pouch. Courtesy The Residing Desert Zoo and Gardens.

A child wallaby has simply emerged from its mom’s pouch on the Residing Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, delighting attendees and conservationists alike.

The wallaby joey was born to mom Aja earlier this 12 months and is anticipated to depart her pouch utterly in about one other month and a half.

The yellow-footed rock wallaby is without doubt one of the most colourful members of the kangaroo household, with distinctive yellowish coloring on their arms and lefts. It’s a species native to arid elements of Australia, however it’s threatened by habitat loss and is now restricted to an space of lower than 700 sq. miles.  

The latest winter storms and heavy have left the wallabies and joey unfazed, says the zoo’s animal care curator Heather Down, who mentioned that their exhibit was constructed with crevices and coated areas with their pure habitats in thoughts.

“They’re properly tailored to go lengthy intervals with out water, counting on the hydration from the vegetation they eat for his or her hydration,” Down mentioned.

“However when it rains, they’ll take benefit and in minutes can drink as much as 10% of their physique weight. Although they at all times have loads of contemporary water obtainable to them, they’ll undoubtedly make the most of consuming out of the puddles within the rain after we truly get rain!”

The species can solely be present in 4 zoos in the USA, based on a Residing Desert spokesperson. The zoo says that the delivery of the joey is a big conservation milestone.