Visitors to The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre in Sheffield will now be able to spot a bouncing new addition to the wallaby family.
Finally out of mum’s pouch, having spent the first six months of its life inside, a Parma wallaby baby can been seen jumping around the Wilderness Walk-through enclosure. Now 7 months old, the youngster will permanently leave the security of mum’s pouch to embark on the next stage of its life.
Abigail Carter is the Animal Team Leader at the wildlife centre, “In the wild Parma wallabies are only found in Australia and New Zealand, and are classified on the IUCN Red List as Near Threatened, therefore it’s truly amazing for our visitors to be able to see these beautiful creatures up close.”
The Parma wallabies are joined by an array of other wonderful wildlife in the walk through enclosure, including Azari’s agouti, Patagonian mara, as well as native species.
The wildlife centre at North Anston, near Sheffield is holding a naming competition on its social media pages – Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – and welcomes your suggestions. The gender of the baby is currently unknown, but will be determined once the young wallaby has settled in to life outside of mum’s pouch.
The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre is open daily, all year round. For more information on visiting go to www.butterflyhouse.co.uk