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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Australia Walkabout Exhibit

Discussion in 'United States' started by pachyderm pro, 13 Oct 2016.

  1. pachyderm pro

    pachyderm pro Well-Known Member

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    The San Diego zoo Safari park has reveled a new project for the park, Walkabout Australia . This will be one of only 3 current exhibits in the park that are not African based (Being tiger trail, Condor ridge, and Asian savannah.) Current plans include a walkthrough Kangaroo/wallaby yard, A Australian forest trail with Tree kangaroos, tawny frogmouth, kookaburras, and cassowaries. A planned breeding program for the cassowaries is also in the plans. However the most unique exhibit involves a walkthrough Wombat and echidna exhibit. I cant think of any other place where you can get free contact with these 2 animals. This will be a news and discussion hub for this new exhibit.
     
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  2. Arizona Docent

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    Are you sure these are not old plans? They had an Australian forest walk (with cassowaries) in the early days of the park and for a brief period they had a walk through wallaby and kangaroo yard. These have all now gone by the wayside.
     
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    Walkabout Australia at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    It's going in an entirely different location,by the condors. The walk-through with kangaroos and wallabies as well as echidnas and wombats is confirmed. Some bird species also seems to be featured in the kangaroo exhibit,but I can't tell if that's just an embellishment of the concept art nor what species. I think,based on the concept art as well,getting up close to (and apparently petting) a wombat for many will help make it an even more memorable species,same with echidnas. No longer will they just be "hedgehogs" to uneducated visitors. This could be a big win.
     
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    Interesting. After shutting down their long time Australia rainforest, they are building a new one. I am glad to see them add more to do on that end of the park.
     
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    Agreed, Condor ridge is the only real animal attraction at that end. Do you have any photos of this old exhibit your where taking about?
     
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    Looks like the tree kanga/aviary will feature at least Laughing Kookaburras, Rose-breasted/Lilac-breasted/Galah Cockatoos, and Magpie Geese. Maybe Tawny Frogmouths too?
     
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    There is a walkthough echidna exhibit at the Platypus House, Beauty Point, Tasmania. It works quite well but staff supervision would be required, more for the echidna's sake.. It would be a very brave zoo that allows free contact with adult wombats, and they would have to have deep pockets for the inevitable injury claims.
     
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    The Australian Rainforest section was not on the same side of the park as Condor Ridge - it was located on the other side of the park (I'm not sure of what now covers that land, though it may be Lion Camp). As others have stated previously, this section was always quite small - at the time I saw it (towards the end of its existence), the only species left were dwarf cassowary, rhinoceros hornbill, and, I believe, a macropod species or two. Sorry, but I don't have any pictures.
     
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    So incase you haven't heard, the zoo is hoping to import a pair of platypus from the Taronga zoo. If these plans come true, a new exhibit will be built in this upcoming area.
     
  11. Chlidonias

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    I like the artist impression of the walk-through wombat enclosure on an earlier link for the park, with visitors patting a wombat like it's a puppy. "Oh, how cute, come pat the wombat Little Timmy, it's so... aargh, my hand, it's bitten off my fingers, oh no it's going after Little Timmy now! Oh the humanity!"

    Americans might like this article: Woman attacked by wombat thought she was going to die

    It has such choice quotes as:

    and


    Only look at this photo of a wombat going for a person's leg if you have a strong stomach: http://pmdvod.nationalgeographic.co...s-rescued-wombat-vin_640x360_822245443978.jpg :p
     
  12. Chlidonias

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    Looking around on the link in post #3, it seems like that particular walk-through (wombats and echidnas) is mainly envisioned as a viewing-only exhibit except at set times for "up-close encounters" with keepers:

    Enter an authentic Australian Aussie Animal Station high above the forest floor and enjoy picturesque vistas from the veranda while coming nose-to-nose with wombats, echidnas, and sugar gliders! Accompanied by their keepers, these extraordinary animals will also be available for up-close encounters several times throughout the day. Watch out—these adorable Aussie ambassadors might also waddle their way right into your heart!
     
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    The actual area of the former Australian rain forest still exists. It is now the zipline route (or at least was last I checked). It was mainly a pathway from west to east through the park. The cassowary, hornbill, and kangaroo exhibits were the only animal exhibits along the route. It was a very pleasant, cool area on the blistering hot days that sometimes hit the open expanses of the park (for the employees who use the area it probably still is).

    From the description that Chlidonias found it seems that the wombat and echidna area will be a demonstration area for highly controlled animal interactions with keepers rather than a walk-through experience. The Safari Park has several of these types of stations in the park.

    For many years there was an echidna in the children's zoo at the zoo that people could pet. It lived into its 60s. Possibly they are planning to replicate this experience in the new area at the Safari Park.
     
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