Healesville Sanctuary is celebrating the birth of an endangered Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo – the first ever to be born at the Sanctuary.
Mani and her breeding partner Bagam were successfully paired at the beginning of 2016 and after a routine pouch check earlier this year; keepers discovered Mani had a tiny joey growing in her pouch.
The joey spent six months inside its mum’s pouch before tentatively poking its head out for the first time on a recent chilly winter’s morning.
Keepers said that over the coming months, the youngster will continue to venture out of the pouch becoming more independent as it learns from its parents.
The new addition has been welcomed by the wider conservation community with only 14 species of Tree Kangaroo recorded and most populations in decline.
Mani, Bagam, and now their little joey that is yet to be named are all on display at the Kangaroo Country exhibit.