2 December 2013

Cue the cute! A new joey at Tidbinbilla!

| johnboy
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wallaby and joey

TAMS are celebrating their newest addition at Tidbinbilla:

Brett McNamara, Manager of Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments, today announced that Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has welcomed a very special addition to its Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby population.

“Since 2010, 53 Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies have been bred at Tidbinbilla’s Animal Breeding Centre, but none quite like the little joey recently born who has introduced very valuable genetics to the rock-wallaby species,” Mr McNamara said.

“Low genetic variation makes a population vulnerable to inbreeding which can be detrimental to long-term reproduction rates, so it is great to see the management strategies employed by ACT Parks and Conservation now paying dividends to increase overall genetic diversity.

“The recruitment of new genes is one of these strategies, with the father of the new pouch young taken from the wild in East Gippsland, Victoria and relocated to Tidbinbilla in 2012.

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Looks a lot like the little fella I troweled In The car on the weekend

HiddenDragon12:47 pm 02 Dec 13

Mum looks like she could do with a Bex and a good lie down – but yes, very cute!

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