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Australian Exhibit Opening at Assiniboine Zoo

March 26, 2013 11:59 AM | News

KangarooVisitors to Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo will get a taste of Australia this spring and summer with a new exhibit.

Australian Walkabout will open May 17 and feature up to 14 female red kangaroos plus their young, as well as four emus.

The exhibit will be located just south of the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden inside the zoo, and consist of an expansive outdoor enclosure similar in size to a school gymnasium.

“We’ve never had an exhibit like this at the Assiniboine Park Zoo before,” said Tim Sinclair-Smith, director of Zoological Operations. “It’s going to be an entirely new experience for our visitors — they will literally be able to walk around in the same space as the animals.”

Starting March 29, the zoo will be open extended hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.