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Kelowna's Kangaroo Creek Farm welcomes visitors back for spring break

The Kangaroo Creek Farm will reopen on March. 16
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The animals at Kelowna's Kangaroo Creek Farm have been enjoying a relaxing winter as they start getting ready to welcome visitors.

On March 16, the farm will be back open for business and it will be open every day during spring brea, and weekends only for the month of April.

The farm is host to many exotic animals, so what do they stay up to during the winter season?

According to Caroline MacPherson, the farm's owner, the animals have been enjoying a relaxing time with no visitors. While indoor facilities are installed, some still enjoy the outdoors year-round.

"They have very good buildings that were originally ATCO buildings, like those portable office buildings on construction sights but bigger versions. They are all insulated, have heating, and have plumbing, but because the kangaroos and wallabies are way hardier than we think they are, they have what resemble doggy doors," she says.

"They go in and out as they please, they have big porches that face south and will go out there and sunbathe all day long. It might be -10 degrees and they'll still go out and if there's no snow on the ground, they'll continue to graze, but the colder it is the more time they'll spend inside, but we don't look them inside."

While some still enjoy the outdoors, a few do not go outside until it's warm enough for them.

"Some animals like the parrots and the capybara can't go outside... but they have the biggest buildings, so it's like they have their own home."

During the winter some of the animals are given the opportunity to reproduce. While wallabies and kangaroos reproduce quite easily, it's a bit harder for the capybara, but this year, they got quite busy.

"Capybaras aren't huge reproducers though, but we've been lucky over the winter and have gone from having six to 11 capybaras with both our females having litters," MacPherson says. "Visitors will be able to visit our new capybara babies."

Visitors will also be greeted by six new joeys, otherwise known as baby kangaroos.

The animals have a very idle season in the winter as they take a break from visitors. As soon as the farm reopens, the kangaroos, wallabies, capybaras, emus and goats will all be present at the opening.

To plan your visit and to find out more about the farm, visit the Kangaroo Creek Farm website here.

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