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!   

    koala with joey

    Australian Wildlife Relief

    Plush-crested Jay in the Zoo's Parker Aviary
    ZOONOOZ

    The Brainy Bunch

    Meet Some Smart Birds
    Mother polar bear with cub.
    ZOONOOZ

    Tracking Polar Bears...and More!

    Keeping Tabs in the Wild
    Masai giraffe
    GO BEHIND THE SCENES

    INSIDE LOOK TOURS

    Young brother and sister, mother and father wearing matching San Diego Zoo t-shirts.
    SHOPZOO

    ZOO FAMILY APPAREL

    Hotel with pool
    Creature Comforts

    PREFERRED HOTELS