12/27/2010 09:28 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Baby Tree Kangaroo Joey Begins To Explore Outside Her Mother's Pouch (VIDEO)

Six-month-old female Matschie's tree kangaroo joey Nokopo (named after a village in Papa New Guinea) still remains safely in her mother's pouch. She is the third joey to be born at the Saint Louis Zoo, and is also the third baby to be born to mother Kasbeth and father Iri.

Nokopo is just starting to move partially out of her mother's pouch to eat and explore, but she won't officially move out until ten months old.

Matschie tree kangaroos are endangered marsupials found only in the thick, mountainous forests of Papa New Guinea. They, like terrestrial kangaroos, possess the capability to jump. They can leap as far as 30 feet from a tree to the ground, according to