The Toledo Zoo’s new Australia-themed exhibit, Wild Walkabout, presented by Mercy, is slated to open Friday, May 24.
The exhibit will take visitors on an adventure that explores the natural wonders from the Land Down Under. New animals are arriving weekly, from dingoes and death adders to lionfish and laughing kookaburras. More animals are hatching or being born on-site for the new exhibit, including the kiwi chick that hatched on Jan. 12. One of the Zoo’s key projects this winter has been developing dynamic new exhibits for visitors to enjoy these animals. The space formerly used for the Backyard Birds exhibit, for example, is being updated to host a pair of cassowaries – primitive, aggressive birds known for attacking feet-first and using their dagger-like center claws to maim their victims.
A new exhibit near the Aviary will feature a walk-through area that brings visitors up close and personal with wallabies, while renovations to the Reptile House are making way for a huge saltwater crocodile coming to Toledo through the support of Block Communications, Inc.
Additional projects include a Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the Museum of Science, showcasing some of Australia’s dramatic aquatic species; Australia-themed Keeper Tales shows in Nature’s Neighborhood; and exclusive behind-the-scenes Wild Walkabout tours.
The Toledo Zoo is currently open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The zoo is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo.
For more information, visit toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.