Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo hosting Tree Kangaroo Awareness Day

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is one of only 22 zoos in the country that has Matschie's tree kangaroos, native to the rainforests of Papua New Guinea.

The zoo will be hosting its Tree Kangaroo Awareness Day on Sunday, May 19 to teach people about the endangered species.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with normal admission prices

The purpose of the event is to spread awareness about tree kangaroos and the important role they play in their ecosystem.

"They're really great seed dispersers. They also have a really high-fiber diet, meaning they eat a lot of leaves and branches, so they do a really good job of being almost natural gardeners in their ecosystem.”

There will be kangaroo-themed games for kids, and guests will also get to watch a training session with the tree kangaroos.

"They're just really funny animals. They kind of do this thing where they just zone out a lot, and Amari does that. Sometimes I'll be asking for a behavior, and she's just like, 'Oh, look.'"

There will also be coffee for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going towards conservation efforts in Papua New Guinea.

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