Wallabies debut at Virginia Zoo in Norfolk

Wallabies debut at Virginia Zoo in Norfolk

Credit: Virginia Zoo photo by Alexandra Zelazo-Kessler

A female Bennett's wallaby emerges from a crate into her new habitat in the Virginia Zoo's Australia exhibit on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

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Associated Press & 13News NOw

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 4 at 12:13 PM

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.”

AP-WF-04-04-14 0709GMT

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