Celebrating Aussie animals!

It’s Australia Day and we’ve got new species to include in this year’s celebrations!

As well as the most well-known animals from Oz – kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras – we also house bearded dragons, chestnut teals, carpet pythons and this year’s newbies rainbow lorikeets and frilled lizards.

Join us on our Antipodean trail….and why not hunt them out the next time you’re visiting DZG!

 

KANGAROO

Probably the most iconic Australian animal – our two male Western Grey kangaroos.

Named after popular Aussie soap characters, Lou and Harold, Western greys are a common sight across Australia.

Hunt out Harold and Lou next to the tapir enclosure.

WALLABIES

Parma wallabies are the smallest of all the wallaby species, and usually found in the woodlands, forest edges and scrubland where they eat grasses and leaves.

Find our parma wallabies adjacent to the mongoose.

Red necked wallabies are one of the largest species of wallaby and are sometimes mistaken for kangaroos.

They are distinguished from other species by their black nose and paws, white stripe on the upper lip, and grizzled medium grey coat with a reddish wash across the shoulders.

They live in dense patches of low forest undergrowth.

Find them in our wallaby walkthrough by the meerkats

LAUGHING KOOKABURRA

The largest member of the kingfisher family they’re found in Australian forests, woods, gardens and towns.

Kookaburras are known for their raucous laughter-like  sounding call, which they use to establish territory in family groups .

See our kookaburras in the aviary opposite the howler monkey enclosure.

 

 

RAINBOW LORIKEETS

An unmistakable bird with its colourful plumage, rainbow lorikeets inhabit the rainforests and woodlands in eastern and northern Australian.

They joined DZG last year and can be found in Lorikeet Lookout

FRILLED LIZARD

Another new species for our Australian trail, they’re a member of the dragon family.

Native to the tropical forests of northern Australia, they spend most of their time in the trees.

See our lizards in the Reptile House.

 

 

BEARDED DRAGON

So called because the dragon can puff out its throat when it’s angry or excited which prompts a ‘beard’ of scales around its neck.

They live in the rocky and arid regions of Australia, where food is hard to find and will eat small lizards, insects, mammals, flowers, fruit and plants.

Our bearded dragons live in the Discovery Centre and are used in outreach and education sessions.

 

CARPET PYTHON

Found in a variety of habitats in Oz, ranging from the coast to tropical rainforests.

They’re a non-venomous species.

See our python in the Reptile House.

 

 

CHESTNUT TEAL

A dabbling duck found in the coastal wetlands and estuaries.

The male has a green head and mottled brown body, while the female has a brown head and mottled brown body.

Spot them in the waterfowl pool, opposite the Discovery Centre.

MACLEAYS SPECTRE STICK INSECT

Macleays spectre stick insects are one of the larger species of stick insects and can reach up to 150mm

The females are wingless, whereas the males are fully winged and able to fly.

Both sexes can range in colour from a light brown to green and they are found in Australia’s Eucalyptus forests.

Our stick insects live in the Discovery Centre and are used in outreach and education sessions.

BLUE-TONGUED SKINK

The Discovery Centre’s blue-tongued skink, is a relatively large lizard with a large blue tongue.

Found throughout most of Australia, Blue-tongues usually live in open country with lots of grassy cover.

Our skink lives in the Discovery Centre and is used in outreach and education sessions.