Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

If you’ve never held a baby kangaroo, you’re missing out on something special. We visited Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage and spoke with Terry about their rescue program, which began out of necessity and has grown through word of mouth.

They had five young kangaroos that were hand-fed using bottles. All the joeys were rescued when their mothers were killed in vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, kangaroo road kill is common in Australia because people travel far distances to get from one place to another.

Motorists are also trained to keep driving rather than swerve out of the way. Swerving could potentially cause more human injury if the vehicle is traveling at high speeds and flips or crashes into another vehicle. If a kangaroo is hit, the driver must legally stop and check to see that it is dead. If it’s dead, its body must be cleared from the road so other motorists aren’t put in danger. If the animal is still alive, the driver must euthanize it. It is usually during this time that motorists discover a joey in its mom’s pouch and bring it to the orphanage.

In addition to the orphanage, which gladly takes donations, the gallery offers a diverse mix of artwork, crafts and jewelry. You can purchase authentic Aboriginal artwork made by local and world-reknown artists. Fancy a didgeridoo or a boomarang? You can pick that up here as well.

Slide Album: Kangaroo Orphanage
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6 responses to “Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

  1. hemajang

    Hooo, da cute. I didn’t think kangaroos were so docile. Thought they were jittery critters and didn’t want to be petted. I guess they were brought up w/humans so became domesticated. Kangaroo road kill must be a huge mess.

  2. Aunty Suzanne

    Awww….I want to hold a joey! Much as I loved NZ, I guess I wouldn’t want to live there. How could I euthanize a kanga that I hit???? I think I’d rather get a ticket.

  3. @hema – Yeah, road kill must be pretty horrible on your car too.

    @A Suzanne – There are no roos in NZ so you’re safe. They’re only in Oz.

  4. KT

    How sad (road kill) but cute (holding a joey). I’m back from my 10-day vacation and it feels like a month. You will have a huuuuge adjustment when your adventure finally ends. Enjoy it now!

  5. Big Brother

    The ones wrapped up were joeys? They look pretty large, large enough to fend for themselves? What happens with them after they’re grown up? Are they released into the wild?

  6. @Big Bro – Yeah, they’re still joeys even though they’re pretty big. If they weren’t orphans, they’d still keep trying to get into the pouch until only their heads fit inside. I think they might even drink milk from mom when the next baby is born. At some point though, I think they gain more independence and then hop away. The rehabed roos will get returned to the wild if possible, but if they’re too young they are humanized and can’t survive out there on their own.

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