A mob of newborn joeys can be spotted in Australian Walkabout
This year’s baby wallabies, known as joeys, can now be spotted in their walk through enclosure, Australian Walkabout.
The youngsters spent the first few weeks of their lives in mum's pouch as they developed fur and grew a little bit bigger.
The young red necked wallaby babies have since been delighting visitors, who have been able to spot the youngsters exploring their new home and jumping in, and out of, their mother’s pouches.
Woburn Safari Park is home to a large breeding group of red necked wallabies that live in a large grassy wooded area, where they have both grazing ground and shelter. Originally found in Australia, their biggest threats in the wild are deforestation, accidental road deaths and an annual governed harvest for their meat. Seen as pests by farmers, a licence can also be obtained to cull them if they are proven to be a problem to farming.
An albino joey is among this year’s new arrivals
This year’s youngsters include an albino joey, named Tim Tam, born with white fur and red eyes. Albino wallabies lack the genetic component of melanin and while they can be born in the wild, they rarely survive due to their poor eyesight and lack of camouflage.
Keepers will carefully monitor all of the youngsters but will keep an extra close eye on the albino baby, as he/she will be more prone to sunburn on his/her eyes and nose.
Did you know?
Wallabies are capable of having three offspring at various stages of life all at once. They can have a joey which has left the pouch, but is still feeding, while having a young joey in the pouch, and can be pregnant, all at the same time!