Meet “Poppy”, the most recent member of the Kansas Metropolis Zoo’s Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo household.
KC Zoo is a participant within the Tree Kangaroo Species Survival Plan (SSP).
Poppy is the daughter of 9-year-old first-time dad “Gru” and11-year-old first-time mother Nokopo.
Nokopo is educated to permit pouch checks so keepers may examine for a joey after which monitor progress.
Child Popondetta (Poppy) is called after a metropolis in Papua New Guinea.
She was born on March 16, 2021 and stayed within the pouch for about 24 weeks earlier than her head first appeared on 9/2/21.
She’ll pop her head out and in of the pouch over the following a number of weeks as she is exploring the surroundings and nursing contained in the pouch. Poppy might begin to graze on mother’s meals quickly and is predicted come all the best way out of the pouch round 7 months (late October). She’ll proceed to go out and in of mother’s pouch till about 10 months of age and be weaned at 13 months of age.
Poppy is the primary surviving joey born at KCZ in 20 years.
Nokopo and Popondetta will probably be separated from Gru till Popondetta is no less than 18 months outdated, at which level the Zoo will comply with SSP suggestions for breeding and switch.
The Zoo’s tree kangaroo exhibit was refurbished in 2019 creating an indoor, temperature-controlled exhibit and a separate out of doors exhibit. This allowed employees to handle the tree kangaroo breeding extra successfully as a result of, ideally, the female and male are solely put collectively at particular factors throughout the feminine’s cycle. It additionally gave them more room and extra environmental decisions in addition to extra climbing alternatives.
KC Zoo participated in a fecal research with the feminine tree kangaroo that may assist present extra perception and higher organic information about tree kangaroos that would result in developments in care in addition to improved conservation efforts.
The Animal Care Specialists on workforce Australasia saved monitor of Nokopo’s cycles by noting each female and male behaviors and evaluating that with Nokopo’s outcomes from an ongoing fecal research. The Zoo’s Animal Care Specialists’ onerous work and dedication to tree kangaroo husbandry and conservation resulted within the first tree kangaroo start at KCZ in 20 years!