New Baby Wallabies Make Debut at WCS's Prospect Park Zoo’s Re-Opened Australian Walkabout

Exhibit also features a kangaroo, emus, and other Australian natives

Brooklyn, NY-April 11, 2011- The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo announces the debut of two baby yellow-footed rock wallabies, called joeys, at its re-opened Australian Walkabout exhibit.
 
The joeys were born late last year and are experiencing life outside the pouch for the first time. After spending the long winter indoors, all the residents of the Australian Walkabout; a Western grey kangaroo, seven yellow-footed rock wallabies, two Cape Barren geese, and two emu are ready to come out for spring.  
 
“The joeys are becoming very independent and learning how to hop around on the rocks,” said Denise McClean, Director of WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo.  “The new emu enclosure will give visitors a chance to experience these unique birds at close range.”
 
Born to moms Adelaide and Sydney and dad Darwin, new joeys Canberra and Windarra join older brothers Melbourne and Joondalup in the Australian Walkabout on Discovery Trail.
 
The emu have moved to an area close to the trail where visitors can get an up close view of the long-necked birds.  
 
Yellow-footed rock wallabies are native to southern Australia. They have strong hind legs and large feet for jumping and a long, thick tail that helps them balance.
 
The Prospect Park Zoo announces that spring hours are now in effect. The park will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
 
Now that the days are longer there is even more to see at the zoo. The animals enjoy the warmer weather and the zoo is the perfect place to watch flowers and trees bloom.

Contact:
Sophie Bass: 817-925-8888; sbass@wcs.org
Max Pulsinelli: 718-220-5182; mpulsinelli@wcs.org
Steve Fairchild: 718-220-5189; sfairchild@wcs.org

 



The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo - Open every day of the year.  Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $7 for children 3 to 12, and free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November  through April. Tickets are sold until one half-hour before closing. The zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue. For more information call 718-399-7339 or go to www.prospectparkzoo.com


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