The two babies, known as joeys, are 3 months and 5 months. They were born to mothers Abbey and Kaiya, who themselves were born at the zoo in 2010 and 2011.
The joeys spend much of their time in their mother’s pouches. In coming months they are expected to adventure outside on their own for short periods of time. They are expected to permanently leave their mothers’ pouches when they’re about eight months old.
Their gender is unknown, until they have their first veterinary examinations.
Visitors can view the zoo’s four adult female wallabies, one male and the two joeys up-close at the Wallaby Walkabout exhbit, included in zoo admission. At times, the exhibit is closed but people can still see the wallabies from outside the exhibit.
Wallabies are similar to kangaroos but kangaroos are much larger.
All of the marsupials are Bennett’s wallabies, which are native to eastern Australia and Tasmania. Females generally measure from 23 to 27 inches and weigh 26 pounds, with males slightly larger at 27 to 31 inches and up to 44 pounds.
During spring break the week of March 23, the exhibit will be open from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Also during spring break, the WestVet Animal Encounters will be held daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., the Sloth Bear Encounter will be daily from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and the Giraffe Encounter will be daily at 1:30-2:30pm.
Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year round.
Admission is $7 for adults, $44.50 for seniors 62 and older and $4.25 for children 3 to 11.
For additional information, see www.zooboise.org.