Wallaroos born at Miller Park Zoo
protected animals another success for conservation mission
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[October 20, 2012]
BLOOMINGTON -- Miller Park Zoo
is celebrating another conservation program success from the summer,
with two more common wallaroos just now beginning to stick their
head (or feet or tail) from their mother's pouch.
Beatrice and Windy, the grey female adult wallaroos on exhibit at
the zoo, each have a joey emerging from their pouch. Miller Park Zoo
staff estimates that the joeys are 7 months old.
don't generally stick their heads out of the pouch until they are
around 5 months old," says Jay Tetzloff, superintendent at the zoo.
The wallaroo is the third-largest type of kangaroo, native to
Australia. The distinctive creatures can be identified in the
Wallaby Walkabout exhibit at the zoo.
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Miller Park Zoo is only one of two institutions successfully
breeding this protected species. Last spring two wallaroos were born
at the zoo as well, bringing the number of births in the Miller Park
Zoo Species Survival Plan to six in the last two years. Tetzloff,
the zoo superintendent, is the vice coordinator for the wallaroo
Miller Park Zoo file received from
Bloomington Parks & Recreation]