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A hop, skip and a… Joey! Inquisitive baby wallaby captivates visitors at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

20th March 2017

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Media Contact: Jon Woodward    Tel: 01275 866904

A curious baby wallaby has been spotted peering out at the world for the first time from the security of his mums pouch at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall, Bristol.

The 7 month old joey, seemingly enjoying the warmer March weather as spring approaches, is fast becoming a popular spot for staff and public at the 100 acre animal park, all hopeful of a glimpse of the cute Australian mammal.

With a gestation of only 30 days but spending much longer with mum after, the wallaby is unusual in the length of time the joey spends in pouch before becoming independent. On average it can be 9 months after birth until it will leave the security of its warm hideaway and stand on its own two feet in the outside world.

Born to parents Wendy and Winston, this is the first joey the pair have had at the zoo. Mum and dad joined the park in 2009 and are part of a 4 strong group including their recent addition.

Visitors should be able to see the joey more frequently as the weather continues to get warmer and will soon see it bounding around the field with mum. Keepers will be able to name the new arrival as soon he it emerges properly from pouch and they can determine the sex.

Home to elephants, big cats, rhinos and bears, Noah’s Ark is no stranger to exotic births – the park has seen the successful breeding of 3 endangered Siamang gibbons and two giraffes in the past 4 years.

More information on the park can be found at www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is open Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 5pm.

ENDS

Images courtesy of and distributed by Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm™

Contact:

Jon Woodward (Communications Manager) on 01275 866904

jon.woodward@noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1PG

Notes to editors:

  1. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm™ attracts over 200,000 visitors each year and can be found just 6 miles outside of Bristol, towards Clevedon. Started in 1999, animals include lions, tiger, bears, giraffe, zebras, rhinos & gibbons. As well as the longest hedge maze in Europe, visitors can enjoy huge indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds. For more details see our website: www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk
  1. There are now over 100 sorts of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates at Noah’s Ark, including several important species classified as ‘endangered’ or ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List. These include Siamang Gibbons (Endangered), Andean Bears (Vulnerable), African elephants (Vulnerable) Cotton Topped Tamarins (Critically Endangered), White Rhinos (Near Threatened) and Brazilian Tapirs (Vulnerable).
  1. Wallabies are native to Australia and New Guinea. They are related to Kangaroos but are smaller is size. They share some of the same ranges as Kangaroos but prefer more sheltered wooded areas rather than open plains as they lack the speed of their cousins.
  1. Noah’s Ark holds national Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) for its sustainable operations. The zoo has been a member of the Scheme since 2009.

[if !supportLists]4.       [endif]‘Elephant Eden’ became the largest facility for elephants in the UK and the biggest of its kind in northern Europe at 20 acres (8 hectares) when it opened in February 2014.

  1. ‘Andean Adventure’ became the UKs newest and one of the largest bespoke habitats for Spectacled bears when it opened in 2016.
  1. Noah’s Ark is open Monday – Saturday 10:30am - 5pm. The zoo can be found just outside Bristol, minutes from the M5 motorway Junction 19 or 20. It is closed on Sundays.

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