This chunky fella is Patrick, with 30 years old he’s the oldest (and also the biggest) wombat in captivity. He was hand-raised after being orphaned as a baby, and has lived nearly his entire life at the Ballarat Wildlife Park.
Meet Makaia, he’s one very special Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo. When he was only five weeks old, he lost his mum. He needed a nice warm pouch to grow big and strong in, so Adelaide Zoo tried something that had never been done before… a Yellow-foot Rock-wallaby was found to be his surrogate mum. Up until now this special breeding technique, known as ‘cross-fostering’, has only been done with closely related wallaby species.