Exhibits Red River Hogs White Tiger Elephants of Asia Proboscis Monkey Free-Ranging Orang Utan Pygmy Hippo Otter Tapir Sun Bear Chimpanzee Sungei Buaya Naked Mole Rat
Zones Frozen Tundra Wild Africa Fragile Forest Australasia Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia Treetops Trail Gibbon Island Primate Kingdom Reptile Garden Tortoise Shell-ter Tropical Crops & Orchid Garden

Australasia

Hop over for a fun time at this newly-revamped exhibit! Formerly known as “Australian Zone”, this kangaroo sanctuary has been renamed to welcome the Goodfellow’s tree kangaroos, which are native to Papua New Guinea. These newcomers join the exhibit’s resident grey kangaroos and agile wallabies to form one big roo family!

Find a spot on a comfy bench and enjoy the air-conditioning as you watch the kangaroos explore their enclosures. This is the perfect place to seek respite from the heat!

Australasia opening hours:
9.00am - 6.00pm daily (last entry 5.45pm)

 

Tree Kangaroos

As their name suggests, tree kangaroos spend most of their time in trees. Unlike their ground-dwelling friends...

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Tree Kangaroos

As their name suggests, tree kangaroos spend most of their time in trees. Unlike their ground-dwelling friends, their bodies are designed to climb! You can see them moving from branch to branch, aided by their muscular forelimbs, broad feet and curved claws. They use their long tail for balancing as they navigate in trees. In contrast to their hopping cousins, tree kangaroos do not have large and very muscular legs, which are needed for hopping. Like all kangaroos, tree kangaroos give birth to under-developed joeys which are jelly-bean- sized. Joeys nurse and continue their development in their mother’s pouch until they are ready to emerge and explore the world on their own.

At Australasia exhibit, you’ll meet Makaia, a male tree kangaroo from Adelaide Zoo. Makaia, whose name means “magic” in Tok Pisin (a local language in Papua New Guinea) is a miracle kangaroo! He was only 47 days old when he lost his mother in an accident. His keepers placed him in the pouch of a wallaby to be fostered – this is the world’s first cross-fostering of such nature! By three-and-a-half months, Makaia was too big for his foster mother and he was then hand-raised by his keeper. You’ll also see Nupela, a female tree kangaroo from Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Nupela loves food, so you’ll probably see her munching on her favourite fruits and leaves when you’re here! As part of efforts to save the rapidly-declining tree kangaroo population, Makaia and Nupela have been “match made” under the recommendation of the World Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (WAZA) Global Species Management Plan (GSMP). You may see some adorable joeys soon!

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Kangaroo & Wallaby

Kangaroos and wallabies are unique in being one of the few large animals that hop to get around. Their long tail...

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Kangaroo & Wallaby

Kangaroos and wallabies are unique in being one of the few large animals that hop to get around. Their long tail aids in balance, allowing kangaroos to hop at speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour. On hot days at Australasia, our kangaroos and wallabies can be seen under the shady trees licking themselves to dissipate heat.

Watch our marsupials bound along their large naturalistic exhibit, and if you are lucky enough, you may spy our joey peeking out from mummy’s pouch.

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