Meet the New Residents at the Nashville Zoo

While you’re next in Nashville, make sure to stop by the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, where you can learn about some of the world’s most fascinating creatures. But things have just gotten more fascinating!

Australia’s most famous residents have made their debut in a new habitat at the zoo. This habitat, Kangaroo Kickabout, features 4,500 square feet of naturalistic Australian landscape and gives guests the opportunity to enter the home of 17 red kangaroos via a winding path through the middle of the habitat. The Kickabout also includes four triton cockatoos, a subspecies of the sulfur-crested cockatoo found in New Guinea and its surrounding islands.

Facts about the Red Kangaroo:

  • Red Kangaroos are the largest living marsupials and the largest native mammals in Australia.
  • Males and females are considerably dimorphic, both in size and color.
  • Males grow up to a height of 5.5 feet with a tail nearly 4 feet long. Females average 3 to 3.5 feet tall with a tail length of 26 to 33 inches.
  • Red Kangaroos also vary in color from red brown to gray. Males have richer coloring, and females are often more gray.
  • Adult Red Kangaroos are distinguished from other kangaroos by a black and white patch on the side of the muzzle and a white stripe extending from the corner of the mouth to the base of each ear.
  • These kangaroos have powerful hind legs and have been known to reach a running speed of 40 miles per hour.
  • They can leap as far as 26 feet in length and nearly 10 feet high.

While you’re at the zoo, make sure to check out the other displays. From the Flamingo Lagoon to the Unseen World of the reptiles, amphibians, insects, and birds who all have the ability to hide from predators using specific behaviors, you can enjoy a wide array of exciting animals!

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