Gadsden Mayor Craig Ford announced there will be a new addition to the petting zoo at Noccalula Falls Park and Campground– a female Eastern Grey Kangaroo.
The 9-month-old kangaroo is not yet in the animal enclosure as she still lives in a pouch, but is often able to be seen by visitors in the afternoons.
The park’s first marsupial
The kangaroo, who has not yet been named, is the first marsupial at the park’s petting zoo. Ford says it is the beginning of the city’s efforts to diversify its animal habitat.
“We are committed to a thriving animal habitat that can serve as educational experiences for all visitors to Noccalula Falls Park. I have asked the team at the park to look for opportunities to add animals that are not otherwise easily found around northeast Alabama.”Craig Ford, Mayor of Gadsden
The city is now seeking a male to complete the pair, planning to host a naming contest for the two new kangaroos at a later date. Additionally, the city is reviewing architectural designs for a brand new enclosed animal habitat, which will improve the variety of animal encounter experiences at the park.
“Since we have children and families from all over Gadsden visiting, we want to offer the service of helping them learn about these animals and their environments through first-hand experience with them. We hope everyone will come visit our new animal family members at Noccalula Falls soon!”Craig Ford, Mayor of Gadsden
Noccalula Falls petting zoo
In May of 2021, the Noccalula animal habitat suffered a fire in which they lost a number of animals, causing them to close for four months. After almost two years since the fire, the habitat is now back and better than ever with several new additions and plans for the future.
The park is currently open from 9AM to 5PM daily, featuring all kinds of outdoor fun including hiking, camping, mini-golf, souvenir shopping and much more. Check out all the upcoming events at the falls here including Art on the Rocks April 15 and 16.
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