Australian flame tree in the Australian Outback near the kookaburra exhibit.
Plants

Australian Wonders

At A Glance

  • Location: Outback
  • The San Diego Zoo has quite a few botanical wonders from Down Under by the koalas and our other Australian and New Zealand animals: Queensland lacebark trees, New Zealand Christmas trees, flaxleaf paperbarks, Australian flame trees, and, of course plenty of eucalyptus, the gum trees made famous in the kookaburra song and other Australian ditties. Because our climates are so similar, many of the Australian plants and trees that were brought in as botanical novelties in the 1800s and early 1900s have since become common landscaping elements. In fact, some, like the eucalyptus, even seem like native Californians!   

    Giant panda Bai Yun and cub.
    Wildlife Conservancy

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    A pair of giraffes against a Kenyan landscape.
    CITIZEN SCIENCE

    GIRAFFE SPOTTERS WANTED

    HELP RESEARCHERS SAVE WILDLIFE
    Baby hamadryas
    ZOONOOZ

    BABY BOOM

    NEW ARRIVALS AT THE ZOO AND PARK
    Baby elephant being fed by a caretaker at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
    ZOONOOZ

    TRAILBLAZING CONSERVATION

    TINY TUSKERS GET A SECOND CHANCE
    Hotel with pool
    Creature Comforts

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