Walk among the wallabies in Bristol Zoo’s new immersive Australia exhibit

Walk among the wallabies in Bristol Zoo’s new immersive Australia exhibit

A court of wallabies has just hopped its way into Bristol Zoo’s new ‘Wallaby Walkabout’; a new interactive Australian exhibit designed to transport guests to the ‘outback’.

Guests visiting the ‘Wallaby Walkabout’ will be able to walk among the yellow-footed rock wallabies and parma wallabies. Yellow-footed rock wallabies grow up to over 2ft tall and have been known to jump one metre high. Parma wallabies are slightly taller and can stand to over 3ft.

The wallabies have come from all over Europe and are settling in well to their new home, which will be open to the public during the Easter holidays.

John Partridge, Bristol Zoo’s Senior Curator of Animals said: “We are delighted to welcome this group of wallabies to the Zoo. The yellow-footed rock wallabies are a first for Bristol Zoo and the only ones in the UK, and we are looking forward to getting to know their individual personalities.”

Both wallaby species are native to Australia and classified as Near Threatened in the wild, due to habitat destruction.

John added: “We will have both males and females, which we hope will go on to have joeys and therefore help to maintain a strong population in human care.”

The wallabies will also be joined by Australian birds, some of which guests will be able to feed once they’ve settled in.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.

For more information about visiting Bristol Zoo Gardens, visit the website at www.bristolzoo.org.uk or phone 0117 974 7300.