Mother's Day: Zoo babies and their moms
Taronga Zoo is celebrating the arrival of its second Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat joey in three years. . . a breeding success story that could help the critically endangered Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat.
The female joey, which has been named ‘Sydney’, has just begun venturing outside mother, Korra’s pouch at eight months old, to the delight of keepers and visitors.
Keeper, Brett Finlayson marvelled at the marsupial's birth, believing it is especially exciting as Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats are notoriously difficult to breed.
He says: “Compatibility and timing seem to be crucial ingredients for success, as the female is only receptive to the male for a 12 hour window. Korra and our male, Noojee, have proven to be a great pairing as this is their second joey in three years,” said Brett.
Discovering the successful “formulae” to breed Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats is also seen as an important step towards saving their critically endangered cousin, the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat, of which there only around 200 left in the wild.
Where: Sydney, New South Wales
When: 06 May 2014
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