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DALLAS ZOO KOALA WALKABOUT

March 10, 2012

KOALA WALKABOUT EXHIBIT OPENS AT DALLAS ZOO

WFAA Posted on March 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

 

It’s a big weekend for the Dallas Zoo, which is opening its Koala Walkabout exhibit Saturday in time for spring break.

 

The Dallas Zoo is one of only 10 zoos in the country to exhibit the Australian marsupials, which are in Texas on loan from the San Diego Zoo.

 

 

Chris Johnson, the Dallas Zoo’s interpretive programs manager, also brought two other Australian natives to WFAA’s Victory Park studio on Saturday morning: a blue-tongued skink (a large lizard) and a baby kangaroo.

 

The Dallas Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

DALLAS ZOOS FIRST KOALAS NESTLE IN

by Elliott Muñoz

 

Just in time for Spring Break, the Dallas Zoo‘s first-ever koalas moved in. On loan from the San Diego Zoo, Tekin (age 4) and Kobi (age 6) will be part of the Koala Walkabout at Dallas Zoo for the next 30 months.

 

On the Koala Walkabout, visitors will see koalas in their climate-controlled home, as well as take a peek at a new interactive lorikeet feeding exhibit where attendees can purchase a cup of nectar to feed the Australian parrots.

 

Also living in the Australian-themed habitat are a pair of laughing kookaburras, a kangaroo, a wallaby, and an emu.

 

The Koala Walkabout opens Saturday, March 10.

 

Photos by Elliott Muñoz

 

 

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