Have you ever wanted to experience kangaroos up close? You can soon with the Indianapolis Zoo’s newest exhibit, Kangaroo Crossing, which is set to open in May 2022.
Kangaroo Crossing will offer visitors a chance to walk into a large, open area without fencing or other barriers. Kangaroos will roam freely in the space as birds fly overhead.
This exhibit will be the first dedicated kangaroo exhibit for the Indianapolis Zoo since 2009. In this new habitat, Kangaroo Crossing will offer guests an up-close experience where they will get to interact with these and other unique Australian species, including cockatoos.
The Kangaroo Crossing exhibit will be located at MISTery Park inside the zoo, which has been the outdoor home for the zoo’s sloths since 2019. Construction is now under way to completely transform the space with new plantings, creating a backdrop for red kangaroos that will offer a feeling of Australia right here in Indianapolis.
The largest land mammal native to Australia, kangaroos are part of a unique animal group called marsupials that carry their young in a pouch. The red kangaroo is just one of about 60 species of kangaroos and their smaller relatives (wallabies, bettongs and potoroos) found on the continent. Many of those other relative species are now threatened or extinct.
Guests can still have an up-close encounter with a sloth behind the scenes during the Sloth Adventure.