Rare baby kangaroo new at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Holly, a rare Matschie Tree kangaroo was born at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. (Photo Courtesy: Roger Williams Park Zoo)
Holly, a rare Matschie Tree kangaroo was born at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. (Photo Courtesy: Roger Williams Park Zoo)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A bouncing baby kangaroo — a rare species — has been born at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, and is now peeking out of her mother’s pouch.

A pair of Matschie’s Tree Kangaroos, mother Laroo and father Sivan, now have little Holly.

Matschie's tree kangaroo Holly peeks out of mother Laroo's pouch. (Photo from Roger Williams Park Zoo)
Matschie’s tree kangaroo Holly peeks out of mother Laroo’s pouch. (Photo from Roger Williams Park Zoo)

Holly is one of only three born in captivity in the United States in 2013. She was actually born on October 10, but this is the first time zookeepers have been able to see her. The first six months after birth are most crucial for the mother and baby to bond, and the “joey” stays in the pouch full-time for the first nine or ten months of its life, the Zoo’s Alexandra Weston told WPRI.com Thursday.

The zoo intended to build a new tree roo exhibit in its Australasia exhibit building this spring, but Executive Director Dr. Jeremy Goodman said in a news release they’ve chosen to push back construction until late June. The exhibit will provide the animals easy access to two viewing areas both inside and outside. It’s expected to open in the early fall.

The Matschie’s (pronounced MATCH-EEZ) tree kangaroo is indigenous to the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, the zoo said. Tree roos are part of the zoo’s “Species Survival Program” to help rehabilitate endangered and threatened species populations.

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