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kangaroo

WESTERN GRAY
KANGAROOS

wallaby

RED-NECKED
WALLABIES

cassowary

SOUTHERN
CASSOWARIES

tree kangaroo

MATSCHIE'S TREE
KANGAROO

magpie goose

MAGPIE
GEESE

banksia

AUSTRALIAN
PLANTS

  • "Before one can run, one must learn to walkabout."

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  • "Wallaby the change you want to be."

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  • "Nothing rhymes with marsupial. Think about it."

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  • "To be one with yourself, you must first walk amongst the kangaroos."

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  • "In life, one must stop and smell the eucalyptus."

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  • "Waddle to the beat of your own didgeridoo."

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  • "Hoppiness only comes from within."

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  • "If a Tree Kangaroo falls in the forest, it definitely makes a sound."

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  • "It is better to see the pouch as half-full, than half-empty."

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  • "Never do today, what you can pouch tomorrow."

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  • "A closed mouth gathers no foot."

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  • "Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another story."

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  • "Be wary of the cassowary. Those that hide in dark forests may have claws."

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  • "If life tips you over, get back up and hop it off."

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  • "WHEN OTHERS GET HEATED, STAY COOL…LICK YOUR ARMS AND LOUNGE IN THE SHADE"

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  • "When others get heated, stay cool—lick your arms and lounge in the shade"

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  • "Sometimes the smallest arms pack the biggest punch."

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  • "Take time to stop and eat the flowers."

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  • "There is no great speed without grounded balance."

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  • "Surprises can come from anywhere. Trust the collective awareness of the mob."

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  • "The Zen of grazing reminds us to be one with the grass."

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  • "Real knowledge is to know the strength of one's kick."

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  • "Well-worn paths were made for journeys, not destinations."

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  • "Don't worry. Be Hoppy."

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  • "To be a wallaby...what was the question?"

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ENVISION
YOURSELF

… following a backcountry road shaded by eucalyptus trees, with brilliant red bottlebrush blooms waving to you in the breeze. Follow the path of the roo as you are transported Down Under to walk among kangaroos and wallabies, wonder at cassowaries and more—this is San Diego Zoo Safari Park Walkabout Australia!

The Exhibit at a Glance

 

MEET THE WILDLIFE

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Walkabout with fantastic Aussie Wildlife

 

WITNESS THE WAYS OF THE
KANGAROO

You come upon an expanse of savanna meadow, where kangaroos and wallabies wander, close enough to touch. They nibble on the grasses, hopping to and fro, and stretch out on their sides to nap in the sun. You stroll among them, sharing their curiosity, perhaps finding a moment of connection with these big-footed marsupials. To engage with the kangaroo is to become one with it, recognizing the wisdom of the mob in looking out for one another with large eyes, acute hearing, and a keen sense of smell.

 

WALK AMONG
WALLABIES

They are smaller in stature than their kangaroo cousins, but wallabies have no less awareness of their environment and their place within it. Why so many macropods evolved in the isolation of the Australian continent that are so similar in all but size is unknown. But there may be hidden meaning at the heart of humble mysteries. Like their fellow family members, mother wallabies are equipped with the wonders of a pouch, a warm, safe envelope to protect growing joeys, nurturing the life-force of the being to come.

 

BE WARY OF THE
CASSOWARY

Leaving the grasslands behind, the mysterious Australian forest beckons. It can be difficult to plunge into the unknown, but it is in exploration that we are re-energized. Forge ahead, and you are rewarded by an encounter with one of the world's most unusual birds. Prehistoric looking, flightless but emblazoned with color, the cassowary is a living relic from the deep past. With strong legs and a slashing claw on each foot, the cassowary might be taken for a fierce predator. Yet it forages mainly for fruit and fungi. The truths of the universe are often more complex than they first appear.

 

CLIMB TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH
TREE KANGAROOS

Awareness unfolds through the light of unexpected beauty, and the startling delight of a kangaroo in the trees shows nature's endless ingenuity. In the forest, it is better to be in harmony with the trees than in peril on the ground, and tree kangaroos evolved long, sharp claws for climbing instead of hopping, and the agility and balance to leap from tree to tree. Masters at maintaining the flow of energy, tree kangaroos live and let live by embracing the trees and sleeping 60 percent of the time.

 

TREAD THE PATH OF THE
MAGPIE GOOSE

Sometimes life is not about fitting in but standing out, and the magpie goose embodies that spirit. The only member of its family, it's not really a goose but a primitive relative sharing a common ancestor from the recesses of time. The magpie goose is on a different wavelength, but one that resonates with its tree-lined, wetland habitat. It paddles on the Walkabout Australia pond with only partially webbed feet that have clawed toes, which the geese use to grip branches in small trees while roosting. Join the geese in splashing in the pond and honoring this life-giving source.

Wondrous Plants

  • Banksia
    Banksia
  • BANKSIA

    Grevillea, banksia, hakea, and other Australian members of the Proteaceae family are survivors that make the most of a little. The tough, leathery leaves absorb moisture from coastal fog, taking full advantage of the limited water available, and although the flowers are bright enough to attract pollinators, they are structured to give away little precious moisture.

  • Woolemi Pine
    Woolemi pine
  • WOOLEMI PINE

    A living fossil once thought extinct, this is one of the rarest plants in the world. "Wollemi" is an Australian aboriginal word meaning "look around you, keep your eyes open and watch out." It's a good name—this rare plant was believed to be extinct, but some were found in Australia's rugged Blue Mountains in 1994. To date, fewer than 100 are known to exist in the wild.

  • Bottlebrush
    bottlebrush
  • BOTTLEBRUSH

    They may seem common, but these Australian natives have hidden wonders. The bottlebrush blossom is made up of many tiny flowers along a stalk, but what you see are the bright red or yellow stamens—the petals are beneath. Sometimes what gets the most attention is held together by an unseen solid foundation.

  • EUCALYPTUS
    eucalyptus
  • EUCALYPTUS

    They soar high but reach deep, with roots that seek out water other plants cannot. The intoxicating scent that eucalyptus species are known for comes from an oil on the leaves that also helps seal in moisture—while breathing out invigoration for those fortunate to encounter them.

The Exhibit at a Glance

The Exhibit at a Glance
The Exhibit at a Glance

DON'T WORRY, BE HOPPY.

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The Exhibit at a Glance