is welcoming a truly unique addition to their displays… the only albino wallaby in the nation.
Marketing and Development Officer for Sunset Zoo Melissa Kirkwood says, the public is welcome to visit with Bruny. When you do make the trip, you may have to search hard though, as he may be hiding in the familiar tall grass, much like he would in his native Australian grasslands.
Kirkwood says, his distinct lack of coloring is a genetic abnormality. His mother has had other wallabies before this and albinism was not a factor.
Baby Bruny was named after an island in Tasmania where albino wallabies are highly populated.
Bennett’s wallabies are one of the largest species of wallaby and are sometimes mistaken for kangaroos. They can weigh as much as 4 pounds and can grow as long as 70 inches including their tail. They are grazers; eating grasses and herbs. During dry spells they get water from juicy roots. Wallabies are indigenous to Southeast Australia’s coastal and eucalypt forests and are abundant on Bruny’s Island, off the coast of Tasmania.
The zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until October 31st. After that Winter hours will be in effect from Nov. 1 – March 31, with doors opening at Noon and exhibits closing at 5:00 p.m.
The Zoo is closed Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Home to over 200 amazing animals – from anteater to zebu – Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS offers up-close views of amazing animals including wallaby, otters, leopards and a jumping, hooting array of primates.
Sunset Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums; our commitment to the highest level of animal care and guest experience.
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