Kristie, TWPZ Keeper
Currently two male Eastern Grey joeys and a male Swamp Wallaby are in my care being hand raised.
The three joeys became orphans after their mothers were victims of separate accidents. All three were brought into the Taronga Western Plains Zoo Wildlife Hospital by members of the public and were immediately fed and received health checks before coming into my care.
Hand raising these three involves a lot of hard work and attention. I currently feed the older two joeys twice a day, now that they are getting bigger. The young Swamp Wallaby has six feeds a day which includes feeding at night, so sleep deprivation is hard to deal with. There are also the ups and downs of caring for an animal that is so young. When the Swamp Wallaby Joey arrived at the Wildlife Hospital we were very concerned and thought it might not make it, but with plenty of care and patience he is now doing well.
It is a rewarding experience especially when they are released back into the wild but it is a lot of hard work and dedication. Once these three are old enough they will all be released, which is the best possible outcome.