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January 31, 2017

FLORIDA - Abandoned kangaroo receives care at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., January 31, 2017 — A tiny red kangaroo abandoned by her mother has another shot at life thanks to the dedication of Brevard Zoo’s animal care team. She is the fifth joey born to five-year-old mother Jacie.

The as-yet-unnamed female, who is approximately five months old, was discovered out of Jacie’s pouch on Monday, January 23. She was likely ejected from the pouch due to stress from a storm the night prior. After several unsuccessful attempts to reunite the two, animal care managers made the decision to raise the joey by hand.

“Red kangaroos don’t start emerging from the pouch until they’re about seven months old,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “We think this joey is five months old, so the situation is still very precarious.”  

Keepers feed the joey every four hours, day and night, and weigh her once per day.
The Zoo’s kangaroo mob is living behind the scenes and will return for public viewing in late May when the Australasia section of the Zoo reopens as Lands of Change: Australia and Beyond.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 800 animals representing 180 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.

Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.