Anston: Tropical Butterfly House welcomes ‘Bob’ the wallaby baby in time for 20th anniversary

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The Tropical Butterfly House in Anston announced the birth of its first wallaby baby just in time for the park’s 20th anniversary on Sunday 23rd March.

The animal centre, which officially opened to the public on 23rd March 1994, decided to call the youngster ‘Bob’ after the park’s owner.

This type of wallaby, the ‘Parma’ wallaby, is found in Australia and is classed as a threatened species.

Animal keeper team leader, Abigail Carter, said: “Adult Parama Wallabies are only eighteen inches tall, so you can imagine how tiny the newborn is.”

“Although they stay in the pouch for up to seven months, we have already caught a few glimpses of ‘Bob’ who will become more confident as he grows.”

At the time of the its opening, the Tropical Butterfly House consisted of a small collection of owls, reptiles and butterflies.

Twenty years later, the centre now attracts up to one hundred thousand visitors every year,

It is home to free-flying butterflies, birds, bats and farm animals, as well as an array of reptiles and insects in enclosures. One of the largest plants, the fiddle-leaf fig tree, continues to thrive after twenty years after it was planted.

Andrew Reeve, zoo curator and manager, said: “We are extremely proud of what we have achieved and look forward to celebrating out 20th anniversary with another busy weekend.”

“The success of the Tropical Butterfly House is a result of the passion and dedication of the fantastic team we have here which I couldn’t be happier to be a part of.”

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