Two Joey Wallabies Born at Cape May Zoo
Welcome to two new residents at the Cape May Zoo in Cape May Court House!
The zoo's two female wallabies are now sporting baby "joey" wallabies in their pouches, according to an Facebook post from the zoo.
To be accurate, the two joey wallabies were probably born as early as July but we are just getting a chance to see them now.
The posting from Cape May Zoo explains it best.
Our two female wallabies, Makari and Daisy, each have a joey in their pouch! After a pregnancy lasting only about 30 days, the joey is born weighing only 1 gram. It crawls up into its mother's pouch where it will live and grow for about 280 days. It will first peek its head out of the pouch at around 6 months of age, which means these two were born around July.
According to britannica.com, a wallaby is a mammal belonging to the kangaroo family. They are found chiefly in Australia.
There are 11 species of brush wallabies, but the red-necked wallaby, with reddish nape and shoulders, is the species that is most often seen in zoos.
Kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, quokkas, pademelons, potoroos, honey possums, and tree kangaroos are all macropods. Confused about the difference between kangaroos, wallaroos, and wallabies? That's understandable! There are more than 50 species of these marsupials in all.
Most wallabies are significantly smaller than kangaroos, but some can be as big as six feet long (including their tail). Wallabies are herbivores, which means that their diet is made up entirely of plants.
Like the young of kangaroos, the young are called joeys. Adult males are called boomers, jacks, and bucks; while adult females are called does, jills, or flyers. Groups of wallabies, which typically appear around watering holes, are known as troupes, courts, or mobs.
If you would like to stop in for the chance to see these two new adorable additions to the zoo family, Cape May Zoo is open every day from 10 AM to 3:30 PM and admission is free.