THE Wildlife Habitat has again been blessed by an extremely rare sight - the tiny head of a Lumholtz tree kangaroo joey peeking out from his mother’s pouch.
With the only captive breeding colony of Lumholtz tree kangaroos in Australia, this is the third time the vulnerable species have been bred at the Wildlife Habitat, one of only two wildlife parks to house the marsupial.
After five months of rapidly growing in his mum’s pouch, the joey is finally showing himself to the world.
But it will still be at least another month before he fully emerges under the watchful eye of his mother.
“The joey is a very healthy and bright young boy and growing up fast,’’ Habitat wildlife manager Clare Anderson said.
“He’s learning about being a tree kangaroo from his mum and starting to suck on leaves.
“He should fully emerge from his mum’s pouch in around a month and when that happens we will hold a naming competition.”
The Lumholtz tree kangaroo has been listed as near-threatened in Queensland due to its restricted habitat and is found only in the wet tropics region between the Daintree River and Ingham.