NORFOLK (AP) -- Visitors to the Virginia Zoo can now see up close what wallabies look like.
One male and four female Bennett's wallabies spent a month in quarantine after arriving at the Norfolk zoo from New Zealand in late February. This week they joined kangaroos and emus in the zoo's Australia exhibit.
Wallabies are a smaller member of the kangaroo family.
“We had a unique opportunity to acquire wild wallabies from New Zealand, where they are not native and not welcome,” said Greg Bockheim, the Zoo’s executive director. “Now the wallabies have a new home, bringing valuable genetic diversity to populations in the U.S. and providing a fitting addition here, as we transition Australia to a walk-through exhibit later this year.”