Kangaroos are one of the few medium-large animals that hop to get around. Their long tail acts as a counterbalance when they hop and works as a supportive fifth limb when they’re standing.
Classified as macropods, meaning ‘big feet’, kangaroos have large feet relative to their bodysize. The stretchy tendons in their hind legs strain and contract, acting like giant springs thatgenerate most of the energy needed for each hop. Catch our kangaroos in action at Australasia.
The tree kangaroos come across as somewhat clumsy in comparison with their land-dwellingcousins. These arboreal animals have powerful arms built for climbing and relatively broaderfeet. Padded soles tipped with sharp, curved claws allow for a better grip on tree limbs.
You might spot our tree kangaroo family - Daddy Ziggy, or Mummy Blue and their baby girl Nais - roaming about the outdoor exhibit. Over at the indoor space, you’ll meet ‘Miracle Kangaroo’ Makaia and his mate, Nupela.
Picture an ostrich, or perhaps a turkey, mixed with a velociraptor. Considered the world’s most dangerous bird, the cassowary has a 10cm-long claw on each foot that can rip its opponents apart.
A jet-black coat of feathers contrasts with the brilliant hues of its neck and face. Atop its head sits a dramatic casque. An encounter with this mysterious bird is alike to chancing upon a dinosaur on a casual walk through a prehistoric forest - you’d have to see it to believe it!