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NORFOLK (AP) -- Visitors to the Virginia Zoo can now see up close what wallabies look like.

One male and four female Bennett's wallabies spent a month in quarantine after arriving at the Norfolk zoo from New Zealand in late February. This week they joined kangaroos and emus in the zoo's Australia exhibit.

Wallabies are a smaller member of the kangaroo family.

'We had a unique opportunity to acquire wild wallabies from New Zealand, where they are not native and not welcome,' said Greg Bockheim, the Zoo's executive director. 'Now the wallabies have a new home, bringing valuable genetic diversity to populations in the U.S. and providing a fitting addition here, as we transition Australia to a walk-through exhibit later this year.'

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