Never heard of a dusky pademelon!? _Ù÷¨You’ve been missing out… pic.twitter.com/NgnJc4UqSF
— Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) August 21, 2017
Our mammal keepers hope to eventually introduce the duo to a female as part of a European-wide breeding programme for threatened animals.
Tim Rowlands, Curator of Mammals, said:
Little is known about these little Indonesian kangaroos. Indeed, many people may not have even heard of a dusky pademelon before. However, we are committed to the conservation of threatened species and is always looking to break new ground by working with unusual, unheralded, often unknown animals and so we’re particularly pleased with the arrivals of Kai and Aru. We hope they put the fascinating species on the map and bring some needed attention to them.
Our dusky pademelons are two of only 33 cared for by zoos in Europe.