Name This Brooklyn Kangaroo
We got an email from the Heart of Brooklyn Partnership about the kangaroo naming contest that started yesterday for this joey born at the Prospect Park Zoo. Frankly, we'd take any excuse to run these photos we requested from them, but the naming contest, which runs through March 20, is also a very good reason. Here's a bit about the joey and the contest:
This little joey is Brooklyn-born and bred, but its species is native to Australia. Our zookeepers are still waiting to see whether this little one is male or female, so our only word of advice is to keep the name unisex.We have tossed the name "Coney" into the ring. It has a good gender-neutral sound and also works well as Coney the Kangaroo.
Once all of the suggestions are in, the zoo’s animal staff will review them and choose the top four. HOB’s homepage will post these four contenders and the public will vote for their favorite online...Born late last year, the curious little ‘roo is now often seen hopping out of mom Christy’s pouch to briefly explore its new surroundings, before heading back inside to take cover. The Prospect Park Zoo is the only zoo in the Northeast with western gray kangaroos, and it can now boast having four of them. The best part is the kangaroos roam freely throughout their exhibit, so you never know when one might literally hop your way! The zoo will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and until 5:00 p.m. on the weekends. Starting March 22, the zoo begins its spring summer hours, which are Monday-Friday 10 am to 5 pm; 5:30 weekends.
[Photos courtesy of Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society]