Friday, March 21, 2014

Wallaby joey springs into Zoo Boise

Spring has sprung at Zoo Boise in the form of a wallaby baby!  The joey recently made its appearance in the zoo’s Wallaby Walkabout exhibit. The joey was born to parents Kaiya and Bondi and has been named Bobber.  The gender of Bobber is currently unknown until its first veterinary exam.

The joey is approximately 7 months old and still spends much of its time inside its mother’s pouch.  In recent weeks, it has begun to adventure outside on its own for short periods of time.  It will continue to call its mother’s pouch home for a few more months.

The Wallaby Walkabout currently features four Bennett’s wallabies.  Wallabies are small marsupials from Australia and related to kangaroos. Visitors are able to walk into the Wallaby Walkabout and see the wallabies up-close. 

During spring break, the Wallaby Walkabout will be open from 1–5 p.m.  In addition, the WestVet Animal Encounters will be held daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., the Intermountain Eye Centers Sloth Bear Encounter will be daily from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and the Perkins Coie Giraffe Encounter will be daily at 1:30-2:30pm.

Zoo Boise invites the community to Keep Your World Wild; the zoo turns the act of visiting the zoo into a conservation action. Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science.  Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year round. For more information, see