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Australia is coming to the Denver Zoo with their new ‘Down Under’ experience!

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It’s certainly a g’day when Australia comes to Denver! 

Denver Zoo announced plans for “Down Under,” an Australian- and New Zealand-themed experience that will allow guests to get up-close with many of the region’s diverse—and often extreme—species.

Denver Zoo’s New Down Under Exhibit

Here is what you’ll find at the Denver Zoo’s new Australian exhibit:

  • At its core will be a walk-through wallaby area where guests will be immersed in the animals’ habitat.
  • The Zoo’s first “conservation station,” which will allow guests to put into practice conservation learnings and actions.
  • It will also feature new and improved habitats for some of the Zoo’s current residents, including cassowaries and keas, and space for educational programming and small events.

“The closure of Bird World in 2019 presented us with an incredible opportunity to create better habitats for our animals and experiences for our guests,” said Bert Vescolani, President and CEO of Denver Zoo. “’Down Under’ will give us the unique opportunity to tell a story about a region that shares a lot of climatic and environmental similarities with Colorado, and inspire wildlife-friendly behavior changes in our community.”

Encompassing the former Bird World site and surrounding areas on the south side of the Zoo, “Down Under” will connect guests and members to the region’s wildlife and ecosystems through awe-inspiring design and engagement opportunities to spark conservation action. It will cover almost 2 acres of the Zoo’s campus with landscaping that mimics the region’s ecosystems, and prioritize outdoor spaces that are resilient and adaptable to Denver’s varying climate. The Zoo is also building relationships with colleagues and indigenous collaborators from these regions to incorporate the role of indigenous knowledge and practices regarding native species and ecosystems.

Demolition of Bird World is currently underway, with construction on “Down Under” starting this summer. The Zoo is also in the process of building a new habitat for its Chilean and American flamingos, which is also scheduled to open in 2023. For more information, visit

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