Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s post! Week to week we have been talking about just how many animals we can offer in our petting zoo and education experience. You see when you’re rearing the fourth generation of professional animal handlers you tend to have a lot of diversity for offerings, like our kangaroo in the main picture.
Kangaroos are the most famous of the marsupials but there are other marsupials like opossums, wombats and dasyurids. The kangaroo seems to just be the most famous marsupial. Here’s how famous a marsupial the kangaroo is. Everyone can tell you that a baby kangaroo is called a “joey” but what do you call a baby opossum? See you didn’t know that, guess what, it’s called a “joey”. Ironically you also call a baby koala a joey, I think we have a marsupial pattern emerging here.
For starters there are 4 different kinds of kangaroos. There are reds, eastern greys, western greys and antilopine kangaroos. At Timbavati Wildlife Park we have reds and greys. Don’t ask me if they’re east or west, all I know is that they get along!
Kangaroos eat grasses, flowers, leaves, ferns, moss sometimes they have the occasional insect, you know roo food groups. Like a cow does, kangaroos also regurgitate their food to chew more than once before it fully gets digested. They stand 4 – 5 feet tall and can weigh up to 200 pounds so I am going to say that they eat a lot of plants to maintain that kind of size.
Interesting Kangaroo Fact
Kangaroos can’t walk backwards but they can rear back on their tails. When they do that, they can kick claw and box you with all four arms and legs. For the most part roos are pretty chill so if you have one taking that kind of posture with you, you might want to go the other way cause that roo isn’t enjoying your company.
Here’s a great fact, hist history records the word Kangaroo being used on the 4th of August 1770. According to legend, Lieutenant James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks were docked for boat repairs and they saw a roo standing on the banks of the Endeavour River. They asked a local what the animal was called and in his native language he said, “I can’t understand you.” I can’t understand you in his language sounded like Kangaroo in english. So that’s what they called it. Now of course this is all legend but it’s an entertaining legend.
When you work with animals for a living, there isn’t a shortage of things for you to talk about. Book us for your event or park and watch the people flock to the rides, the petting areas and our keeper talks. That’s all for now, talk with you all next week.