The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo master plan proposed replacing the zoo’s existing farm exhibit with a new facility that would exhibit plants and animals from Australia.  The result was an eight-acre exhibit featuring three major components—Kookaburra Station, Wallaby Walkabout, and Koala Junction.  

A 55-foot high Yagga tree creates a unique setting for children’s interactive play.  Other features include:

  • a nineteenth-century ranch with barns
  • contact yards
  • camel rides
  • demonstrations
  • a rodeo-style amphitheater
  • the Wallaby Walkway, where kangaroos, wallabies, and wallaroos roam freely around visitors
  • a viewing area for koalas, in both outdoor and indoor display areas
  • the lorikeet aviary, where guests may feed and interact with free-flying birds

The Australian Adventure is an immersion-style exhibit.  Plants, pavement materials, fences, and buildings all were developed thematically to create the “land down under.” 


Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects - Ohio Chapter


Construction Cost:  $10 Million


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