Perth Zoo Marks World Tree Kangaroo Day

In celebration of World Tree Kangaroo Day, Perth Zoo shared the “cutest joey vision,” showing two of its adorable residents celebrating with some crunchy snacks.

The footage shows Muku, a 10-month old Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo joey, enjoying its snacks alongside mum Kaluli.

“Muku is absolutely adorable, but she represents so much more than just a cute baby to admire. She is a beacon of hope for the future of this endangered species, and an important conservation success,” the zoo said.

Perth Zoo’s four Goodfellow’s tree kangaroos are part of a conservation program to boost the population of the species, which is native to Papua New Guinea. The zoo reminded people to buy only sustainably sourced palm oil and wood products to help preserve the species’ forest habitat. Credit: Perth Zoo via Storyful

Video transcript

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Today we're celebrating World Tree Kangaroo Day here at Perth Zoo, and it's a very special one because our beautiful muku our little Joey, is now completely out of the pouch and out and about.

So she's around 10 months old now.

So if you wanna come and see her, um, she's no longer hiding away in Mum's pouch and she'll be on show for all to see.

Muku is getting braver every day.

She's actually quite shy compared to some of the other Joeys we've had here in the past.

Um, but she's getting braver.

The more time she spends out of the pouch, the more confident she's becoming in her own abilities to navigate the exhibit and, uh, to interact with her keepers.

Tree kangaroos are endangered in the wild, but Perth Zoo partners with the 10-K LA Conservation Alliance, and they're working really hard on the ground in Papua New Guinea to try and make sure we can conserve this species, uh, for generations to come.

Not only are they beautiful to look at, they're really important in their native habitat.

We have two species here in Australia, but these good fellows tree kangaroos are from Papua New Guinea, and they're a really important part of their rainforest habitat.

One of the biggest threats facing tree kangaroos is the deforestation and loss of habitat.

So if you wanna help tree kangaroos, make sure that you only choose certified sustainable palm oil products and certified sustainable wood when you're out shopping, Um, this can help preserve their habitat.