Australia House

Australia House

IN THIS EXHIBIT

ANIMALS

Emu

Rodrigues Fruit Bat

Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat

Western Gray Kangaroo

  • Emu
  • Rodrigues Fruit Bat
  • Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat
  • Western Gray Kangaroo

Retreat to the world down under when you step into the lobby of Australia House.  

The journey begins with a stop at a field research station, just like the real one CZS managed in Australia. For more than 30 years, the Society’s scientists helped local people restore fragile ecosystems, including those damaged by large sheep farms.  
 
Watch a brightly colored emerald tree boa wind around a branch, a pair of echidnas nose about in a dirt pile, or spot wombats as they scurry for their burrow. Free-flying Rodriques fruit bats often soar overhead and can also be found resting as they hang from the ceiling.
 
Very large, flightless birds roam the outdoor landscape. Cousins of the ostrich, emus are black and white birds that are only native to Australia. In fact, they are the second largest bird species in the world.
 
Of course, no outback expedition would be complete without kangaroos. For a special view of the kangaroo mob, step onto the overlook platform—and don’t forget to look for joeys, the baby kangaroos. 

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