Our newest member of the wallaby mob at the Smithsonian National Zoo's Small Mammal House has been named! Please join us in welcoming Winton, named after the town of Winton, Australia. Small Mammal House animal keepers Chelia Chong and Esther Wray shared some insight into Winton’s personality, plus their hopes for the future of the mob!
Where is Winton from? How did he come to be at the Smithsonian's National Zoo?
Winton was born at the Idaho Falls Zoo in 2021. Genetically, he is an appropriate match for both of our female wallabies, Victoria and Addie. The Species Survival Plan Coordinator for Bennett’s wallabies recommended Winton be sent to Washington, D.C., to breed. We can’t wait to have joeys again!
What is Winton’s personality like?
We are still getting to know him, but so far, Winton has been curious and a little flighty, but playful with Victoria and Addie. Introducing him to the girls has been going very well! He has shown a lot of interest in Victoria and has slowly been winning her over. This is his first time away from his original mob, or wallaby group, and he is still young, so he is figuring things out as he goes. But he is very respectful and understanding of the girls’ boundaries for the most part.