Australian Adventure at Cleveland Zoo

Author: V. Dimov


Images: Welcome to Australia; Where is the Koala?; Kangaroo Walkabout; They are too fast though... unless they're taking a nap.

Koala Gum Leaf Hideout


Koalas habitat is at the entrance of the Australian adventure which is closed during the winter but you can still see these cute bear-like creatures. Koalas sleep 18 hours per day, then they wake up, eat some Eucalyptus tree leaves and doze off again. What a life.

Koalas are very picky eaters. There are around 600 different Eucalyptus tree species but koalas eat only 10-15 of them. Each individual koala often eats leafs from only 2-3 species. Leafs have to be shipped to Cleveland twice a week from Eucalyptus tree plantations in Arizona and Florida. It costs $ 2,000 per week to take care of one koala. Related: Koala - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo - photo, 2012.


Termite mounds, you can see the Yagga Tree in the distance - this where we are heading next.

Reinberger Homestead - an Australian Outback Ranch House


Walk inside this Australian house and you will meet a giant talking koala.


This beautiful mosaic shows aborigines catching a fish. Second photo: choose your boomerang and let's go hunting.


Camels at the farm

Mysterious Yagga Tree


Let's climb up the Yagga tree but be careful, you have to go through waterfalls, walk on hanging bridges, and slide right into the throat of a coral snake. That is why they call the Australian Adventure.


Enter a dangerous cave under the sound of Didgeridoo...Didgeridoo...Didgeridoo...This is the Crocodile Caverns Sinkhole.


The crocodile is waiting for its lunch.

You can see everything by boarding the train at the Koala Junction. The ticket is $ 1.50.


Train ride in Australian adventure.


Video: Train Trip at Australian Adventure, Cleveland Zoo (6 minutes)


Back to safety in the African savanna where spring is in the air.

References:
Annual Sheep Shearing in the Australian Adventure
Australian Adventure - CleMetZoo.com
360° panoramic view - Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland
Awesome Australia in MSNBC.com Your World Slide Shows
Koala. The Cats Jungle's photos on Flickr.
Studying a Koala Mystery in Eastern Australia. NPR, 2007.

More photos:
A Visit to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Kenny's Gallery on Picasa Web Albums.
A Closer Look of Kangaroo. Kenny's Gallery on Picasa Web Albums.
Dust Storm in South Australia. BitingTheDust, A view of pharmacy and health from a very remote pharmacist, 03/2009.

Related:
What a difference a g’day makes. The Times, 02/2008.

This is didgeridoo player Larry 'Winiwini' Gurruwiwi, an extraordinary talent and son of famed didgeridoo craftsman Djalu Gurruwiwi. More pictures of Koalas not coping with the heat wave. Bitethedust’s posterous, 02/2009. Twitter comments RobboBiteTheDust RT @AllergyNotes: Updated: Australian Adventure at Cleveland Zoo http://is.gd/jEA3 - the closest thing to Australia not in Australia?! Ves Dimov, M.D.AllergyNotes @BiteTheDust "http://is.gd/jEA3 - the closest thing to Australia not in Australia?!" -- The closest in America for sure. A great place... :)
Australia's deadliest creatures - Telegraph photos http://buff.ly/1beCd1H

Published: 07/12/2005

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