There’s a new arrival I’ve been waiting to share with you for quite some time. But as any expert could tell you, it takes a while for a kangaroo joey to poke its head out of the pouch!
The kangaroo joey with mom at the Antelope & Zebra Area
That certainly applies for our kangaroo baby at the Antelope & Zebra Area. The little one was born May 3, after just a month in the womb, as is typical for this marsupial species. At the time, it was barely developed, but the tiny joey has remained exclusively in mom’s pouch since then, growing larger on a steady diet of milk.
While visitors may have seen movement in the pouch—or even the occasional arm or leg poking out—it’s just recently that we’ve gotten our first sighting of the joey. It’s been a long time coming, but as you’ll see, it was definitely worth the wait.
The first red kangaroo ever to be born at Lincoln Park Zoo, this joey is also the first offspring for 7-year-old Anna and 5-year-old Jacob. The baby joins a kangaroo “mob” consisting of four males and two females.
The little one should start venturing out of the pouch soon, although it will return often throughout the first year, going back to eat and travel with mom. We look forward to watching the joey grow—and identifying its sex when it becomes a little more independent. We encourage you to come see the joey yourself during your next visit!
In other new arrival news, we also welcomed a litter of Mangalitsa piglets in late October. On loan from a local farmer, they’ll have run of the Livestock Barn until next spring.
Mangalitsa piglets at the Farm-in-the-Zoo. Photo by Laszlo Szilagyi.
The breed is known for its long, curly-haired coat. Give them a visit as well…and get a look at the rink we’ve set up for Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo, which starts November 29!