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Opens October 2021

Celebrating Australia's Wildlife

Get “Up Close and Down Under” with the Australian Walkabout!

Experience the Santa Barbara Zoo like never before as you walk among kangaroos, wallabies, and emus too!

The nearly $3 million Australian Walkabout Capital Campaign will transform the former elephant exhibit (that now sits empty) into a new and engaging walkable exhibit.

The reimagined space is specifically designed to put you right in the middle of the action, where you’ll explore its open pathways and beautiful landscapes, and see some of the most iconic and unique wildlife representatives from the continent of Australia.

Australia, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful and biodiverse countries on the planet, is home to approximately 300,000 species of animals, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Unfortunately, due to many factors including the 2019–20 bushfires, the continent currently has the most rapid rate of mammal extinctions worldwide.

Part of the Santa Barbara Zoo’s mission is to call attention to the wonders of wildlife and the importance of its conservation. The new Australian Walkabout is an adventure aimed at reminding all of us to take care of our planet’s living treasures…across the world and in our own backyards.


Standing at just over six feet tall, the soft, brown-feathered emu is the tallest native bird in Australia.

These flightless avian speedsters can sprint up to 31 miles per hour, traveling great distances on their long legs to forage for plants and insects.

Western Grey Kangaroo

Western grey kangaroos are in the family of marsupials called macropodidae (literally “big foot”), a family that includes kangaroos and wallabies, among others. Adult Western grey males weigh in at around 120 pounds, and females at around 60 pounds, making them one of the largest macropods.

Bennett’s Wallaby

Sometimes referred to as a “red-necked wallaby,” the Bennett’s is found along the eastern coast of Australia and on the island of Tasmania. Wallabies are herbivores with diets consisting of grasses, vegetables, and leaves. Their native habitat ranges from eucalyptus forests to open areas adjacent to forests.

How You Can Help

Help celebrate Australian wildlife right here on the American Riviera! You can be a part of this exciting new adventure by sponsoring an Australian animal at the Zoo today. Foster Feeder opportunities are available for the wallabies, emus, kangaroos, and kookaburras.

Sponsor an Animal