Australia Walkabout at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo prepares for grand re-opening Friday

Wallaby at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo/Christina Dawidowicz FOX21
Wallaby at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo/Christina Dawidowicz FOX21

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Nearly a year after renovations, you can get up close and personal with the Australian species yet again.

“My favorite part is the alligator,” said one child visiting the exhibit.

The Australia Walkabout at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo now features a new indoor/outdoor alligator exhibit, a wallaby building, and a building with floor to ceiling windows where you can feed the Australian parakeets.

“Bird exhibit was a lot of fun, the kids got to feed them. And then also got to touch the little joey down there, which is really neat,” said Kyle Sack, who was visiting the exhibit with his children.

One unique part about the exhibit is that you can actually interact with the wallabies as you roam around a new layout with more space.

“It’s really great how close you can get to the animals. The kids really, really enjoyed being up close and personal. They really feel like they get to interact with them,” said William Grand, who was visiting the exhibit for the first time with his family.

And let’s not forget about the new tree kangaroo. Zoo officials said he’s the first and only one in Colorado.

“They’re from Papa New Guinea and that’s one of the very rare species that not a lot of people get to see,” said Thea Etchells, lead animal keeper for the Australia Walkabout.

The opening of this exhibit completes the $24 million capital improvements at the zoo within the last 10 years.

Friday marks the grand opening to the exhibit. It will include Australian-themed face painting, live music and more.

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