WHOLE NEW WORLD: The newest albino joey at Darling Downs Zoo is learning about his surroundings one day at a time.
WHOLE NEW WORLD: The newest albino joey at Darling Downs Zoo is learning about his surroundings one day at a time. Contributed

Albino wallaby joey waits to find out his new name

DARLING Downs Zoo workers are looking after the newest member of the albino wallaby family, with the joey poking his head out to meet new visitors.

Co-owner Steve Robinson said the yet unnamed joey was attracting attention, but the albino strain came with several problems.

"With the absence of pigment they have pink eyes and body and they have to be nurtured because they can get sunburnt as well as sun cancers and their eye sight isn't as good," he said.

"We can't just put sunglasses on them."

He said the zoo first noticed the baby joey growing from the size of a peanut in its mum's pouch in early December.

Now he is sticking out of the pouch, zoo keepers are waiting to see what type of personality he has before giving him a name.

"It's part of our charter to look after animals that are less able to look after themselves in the wild, like albino strains," he said.

"This is the first joey we've had from these parents."

Mr Robinson said the zoo had just celebrated 10 years in operation, gaining welfare accreditation as well as becoming a quarantine station for groups importing animals.

"We've already quarantined a number of animals; giant tortoises, wild cats and marmosets," he said.

The zoo is helping to boost the number of emperor tamarins.

"It's been a massive year for us and we're proud to be able to take part in world-wide breeding programs."


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