Peek-a-boo! Quokka joey sticks his head out for school holidays

 Visitors to Adelaide Zoo will have one more animal to see over the school holidays as a little Quokka joey has been spotted sticking his head out from mum Poppy’s pouch.

“It’s around five months old that Quokka joeys can be regularly seen poking their heads out from a mum’s pouch,” said Michelle Birkett, Senior Keeper Presenter Nature Theatre, AZ Presentations and Kids Zoo. “We use foot measurements to determine age and sure enough we believe this little one is give or take five months old.”

“As you can see, he has started to investigate other foods as well as milk. The older he gets the more adventurous he’ll get both with taste but also with exploring. At around six months old he’ll take his next big bounce by having exploratory hops around the exhibit before jumping back on board with mum,” finished Michelle.

Adelaide Zoo is home to eleven Quokkas including nine-year-old mum Poppy, Dad Pealoo and the little joey. Supporting the Quokka breeding program, Adelaide Zoo plays an important role in the species’ survival.

Adelaide Zoo is running a Zoo Foods school holiday program until the 26 April. Visit animals around the zoo, watch the shows and write down your favourite recipe to make your own treats based on the favourite foods of our animals. There is also a competition to win a yummy Robern Menz Indulgence Box and double pass to a Giraffe Feed.

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