Matschie’s tree kangaroos, native to Papua New Guinea, are a critically endangered species. The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program is spearheading wildlife and habitat conservation programs to help this endangered species survive. The Milwaukee County Zoo is proud to be a financial supporter of this conservation program.
On Saturday, August 8, in celebration of National Tree Kangaroo Awareness Day, our zookeepers will offer “Keeper Chats” and special Enrichment Presentations, at 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Zoo’s Australian building. Enrichment offers our tree kangaroos the ability for show different behaviors like they would in the wild. Some of these enrichment items include willow browse – tree branches the animals eat, as it offers them a varied food option. Tree kangaroos also enjoy puzzle feeders which are specially designed to encourage the animals to work the “toy” to get the food inside.
We are very proud of our tree kangaroo-breeding program. In fact, our longtime resident, Kiama, has produced a total of six joeys over the last several years and in 2011 she was the only captive North American tree kangaroo to produce offspring. Plus, she’s also the oldest female tree kangaroo to give birth and successfully raise a joey!
Also on Saturday, Caffe Vita coffee will be available for sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the the cost is $14 for a 12 oz. bag. This coffee is grown in the YUS Conservation area of Papua New Guinea. This organic, fair trade, exclusive coffee helps provide income for the native people who share the Matschie’s tree kangaroo habitat by allowing the native people to supplement their incomes versus taking additional resources from the forest. Free coffee samples will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while supplies last.
Join us for this unique special awareness day for the Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo!
To purchase an enrichment item for the kangaroos, visit the Amazon Wish List.