Meet the newest arrival at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln Children’s Zoo announced the birth of a Matschie’s tree kangaroo on Wednesday.

In early May, the joey was born to mom Judie and dad Bexley.

This joey is one of only four born in zoos across the globe accredited by the Association for Zoos and Aquariums.

“Thirty-three percent of North America’s Matschie’s tree kangaroos are descended from our Lincoln Children’s Zoo breeding program,” CEO Evan Killeen said in a press release. “This is an incredible accomplishment and important for animal conservation efforts considering the continued decrease of the tree kangaroo population in the wild.”

It’s still too early to determine the sex of the young kangaroo.  Its sex and name will be revealed at a later date.

When Matschie’s tree kangaroos are born, they only are the size of a lima bean.  They blindly crawl into their mom’s pouch, where they nurse and continue to grow.

They begin opening their eyes at around 21 weeks, and a few weeks later, they begin poking their head out of the pouch.

The joey is around 27 weeks old and will begin coming out of its mom’s pouch in the next week.

Matschie’s tree kangaroos are only found on the Huon Peninsula of Papua New Guinea.

They are listed as endangered on the International Union Conservation of Nature’s list of threatened species, meaning they face a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

Judie and the joey are currently on exhibit.  But the joey still spends most of its time in its mother’s pouch, so guests may not be able to see it during their visit.

Guests will be able to see the joey more often in the next few months.

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