Explore the land down under
in Discover Australia!
The Salisbury Zoo's current collection features animal species native to the Americas. Our Renew the Zoo campaign will help bring an entirely new exhibit of animals from Australia - the land down under!
This is a Wallaby - a smaller version of a kangaroo. Like kangaroos, they are marsupials or pouched mammals. Wallaby young are born tiny, and immediately crawl into their mothers' pouches where they continue to develop after birth -- usually for a couple of months. Young wallabies, like their larger kangaroo cousins, are called joeys. Even after a joey leaves the pouch, it often returns to jump in when danger approaches. Wallabies are typically small to medium-sized mammals, but the largest can reach 6 feet from head to tail. They have powerful hind legs they use to bound along at high speeds and jump great distances. When wallabies are threatened by predators, or when males battle each other, they may also use these legs to deliver powerful kicks.
A walk-in aviary will provide a real hands-on experience!
Many different birds are found on the continent of Australia. You may recall the song about kookaburras in the old gum tree. In our exhibit you'll be able to laugh along with the kookaburras' raucous calls. A variety of parrots are also native to Australia including the lorikeet, shown here, and the common budgerigars (parakeets). Our walk-in aviary will give visitors an up close look at these birds, and will feature feeding stations to allow visitors a hands-on experience with these animals.
Phase C Goal: $750,000
To learn how to donate to help build Discover Australia!, click here.