OKC ZOO BRINGS WALLABIES BACK, OPENS NEW CHILDREN’S EXHIBIT
Children’s Zoo Now Includes Up-Close, Down-Under Experience
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden recently opened a new exhibit in the Children’s Zoo, Wallaby Walkabout, including two species of the popular Australian marsupial. The new habitat enables guests of all ages to walk through a portion of the exhibit to observe and experience these lively, yet smaller, relatives of the kangaroo in a safe, up-close environment. Wallabies were a Zoo favorite and part of the Zoo’s collection prior to 2011.
Wallaby Walkabout features the Bennet’s wallaby and the Tammar wallaby. The Bennet’s wallaby is the largest species in the habitat. They can range in height from 3- to 4-feet tall and weigh from 30 to 40 pounds. They are also sometimes called the red-necked wallabies for the patch of red fur on the back of their neck and shoulders. In Australia, Bennet’s are commonly found in forested or open shrub land areas along the eastern coast, including the island of Tasmania. The Tammar wallaby is the smallest species in the habitat, ranging in height from 1- to 2-feet tall and typically weighing from 10 to 20 pounds. In Australia, Tammar’s are commonly found in coastal scrub and forested areas along the southwestern coast.
Wallaby Walkabout is located in front of the Children’s Zoo barn and encompasses the entire grassy knoll area. It features three large lounge areas for the wallabies with shade structures for optimal rest opportunities. The habitat is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting, and is free to experience with regular Zoo admission.
- Like kangaroos, wallabies give birth to offspring that are not fully developed and that finish development in the mother’s pouch.
- When marsupials, like wallabies, are born, they are usually not much bigger than a dime or a quarter!
- Wallabies use their large two feet to travel great distances for food or to avoid predators.
- Wallabies are herbivores, mostly eating grasses, leaves and bark.
- The main native predators of wallabies are dingoes, hawks and eagles.
- A male wallaby can be referred to as a buck, jack or boomer.
- A female wallaby can be referred to as a doe, jill or flyer.
- The Virginia opossum is also a marsupial, but native to North America. It can be seen in the nocturnal barn of the Oklahoma Trails’ habitat!
Crikey, mate! Jump on down to Wallaby Walkabout! The Oklahoma City Zoo, located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, is a proud Adventure Road partner and a member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. and last entry at 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages three to 11 and seniors age 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay connected to all things OKC Zoo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit www.okczoo.org.