Cute Alert: Western Grey Kangaroo Joey

TORONTO, ON, Wednesday, July 3, 2019: Tori, our eight-year-old Western grey kangaroo, has been observed with a joey in her pouch. This makes both Tori and father Simon first-time parents. Once born, joeys stay hidden for approximately three months and will not leave the pouch for approximately six months, then will venture out for short periods of time but will return for rest and food. After another two months, the joey will stay outside the pouch, but continue to nurse for up to 18 months.

Keepers first observed Tori with a joey on April 13th, 2019. He/she first popped its head out on Saturday June 29th, meaning the little joey may not venture out of the pouch for another few months. Stop by our Kangaroo Walk-Thru and you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Tori and her joey on your next visit to the Zoo.

Our Kangaroo Walk-Thru is now open! The walk-thru exhibit was temporarily closed to the public in 2013 for the opening of the Giant Panda Experience and has now re-opened. Step into the Australian Outback, adjacent to the Australasia Pavilion, and experience our kangaroo mob and wallabies from within their habitat from 10:00am to 6:00pm daily.

Please note, our ‘roos may be a little shy during the reopening of the Kangaroo Walk-Thru and hours are subject to change without notice. Please keep your voices down when visiting and stick to the designated pathways.

Learn all about the Zoo’s mob with Brent Huffman, a Wildlife Care Keeper at the Zoo with six years of experience working with the kangaroos. We sat down in the New Kangaroo Walk-Thru – Now Open! - to find out more about this lovable animal from Australia. We discuss the differences between Kangaroos and Wallabies; Why Kangaroos are so similar to deer; and, how big an intact male Kangaroo can get…and I mean bodybuilder big!”

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