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    2016. 05. 19.

     

    Interested visitors can become familiar even with Australia’s fauna and flora

     

    Bennett kangaroos are kept in our zoo from the very beginning but this is the first time that emblematic animals of the continent could be exhibited in one enclosure according to the usual geographical theme.

    Among others, visitors can meet the largest marsupial of the world, the giant red kangaroo which is the largest marsupial living today on the Earth. Its scientific name (Macropos rufus) means red big-footed as it really has large, long hind legs. Males and females of our breeding group can be easily distinguished since males have red coat while females who are smaller in size are grey. They live together with emus who are the second largest running birds in the world. The distinctive drumming sound which can be heard from a long distance in the mating season is produced by their inflated air pouch.

    In the opposite enclosure, black swans and strange looking cape barren geese are living who are characteristic species of wet habitats. The black feathered animals are the national birds of Western Australia and prefer to stay in the pond made for them. In the contrary, the cape barren geese living in the same place are not fond of water even though they belong to the Anatidae family.

    Next to them, Australian wild dogs, the red-coated dingoes can be seen. Ancestors of the dingoes are probable those domestic dogs who were brought to the island by the Aboriginal Australians settling there 10000 years ago. Dingoes live in family groups in the wild at a centred territory what they protect from the intruders. Being the killer of sheep flocks, farmers hunt them ruthlessly.

    The bigger cockatoos, which are characteristic birds of Australia like Major Mitchell’s cockatoo, rose-breasted cockatoo and sulphur-crested cockatoo live in the outside aviaries of the park. In a separate aviary next to the Australian house exhibit, the smaller broad-tail parrot species are displayed.

    Beside the colourful parrots, voice of the biggest kingfisher, the laughing kookaburra can be heard from a long distance. The peculiar laughter-like call of the bird gives its name both internationally and in the Hungarian language, the kookaburra, which is an imitative word from the vocabulary of native Australians.

    Inside the Australian house, photos are displayed and also characteristic plants species like eucalyptus or tea tree can be seen.