Guests are able to get up-close and personal with animals indigenous to the Land Down Under in Busch Gardens’ new Walkabout Way.
Park guests are able to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, and learn about kookaburra, magpie geese, Australian black swans and other Australian species.
“Offering encounters with Australian animals fits into our park’s theme, which is all about connecting guests with the natural world,” said Glenn Young, vice president of zoological operations at Busch Gardens. “Whether it’s gorillas, giraffes or kangaroos, animals share important lessons about other cultures and their natural environments.”
Kangaloom is the centerpiece of the new area. The immersive exhibit features red and grey kangaroos and Bennett’s wallabies. As guests meander through, they’ll encounter wallabies hopping right along the sidewalk. During daily scheduled feedings, guests can purchase a cup of food and hand-feed both kangaroos and wallabies. Feedings will be offered a few times throughout the day; a schedule is available each day at the park’s entrance. The cost for a cup of food is $5. The experience is available to ages 5 and older.
Also in Walkabout Way is The Kookaburra’s Nest, a free-flight aviary featuring species native to Australia and other parts of the world. At Aussie Station, guests can have up-close encounters with the park’s animal ambassadors. Interactions will vary, but animals may include small Australian parrots, a tawny frogmouth, cockatoos and other exotic animals that share an important message of conservation.
In the video below, kid reporters Mindy and Quinn talk to Busch Gardens Walkabout Way Supervisor Stacy Spurlock about the kangaroos and wallabies in Kangaloom: