Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes

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Animal Planet Australia

Winner of the 2008 AZA Exhibit of the Year

This exhibit depicts a typical northern Australia river gorge. This slice of Australia in Baltimore offers visitors a truly immersive experience: as you walk through the bottom of the gorge, get close to 1,800 individual native animals representing 120 species, including freshwater crocodiles, turtles, fishes, snakes, lizards, free-flying birds, and flying foxes. Many of these unique and unusual animals are found only in Australia.

Australia's Majesty

Situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans, the continent of Australia is roughly 3 million square miles in size. Its six different climatic zones give Australia a wide variety of habitats.

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback, Australia is home to more than 5,700 different animal species…a staggering number when you consider how much of the island continent remains unexplored.

Did you know? Seventeen of the world’s 26 most venomous snake species live in Australia. Death adders inject, on average, 40–100 mg of highly toxic venom in each bite.

The Great Barrier Reef

Australia is also home to the world’s largest living structure, the Great Barrier Reef, which is 1,500 miles in length. Comprised of over 3,000 individual reef systems, the Great Barrier Reef hosts thousands of species of fish, mollusks, sharks, marine mammals and sea turtles. It is the world’s largest marine sanctuary and just one of the countless biodiverse natural wonders Australia has to offer. View our coral reef infographic.

Meet the Laughing Kookaburra

The laughing kookaburra is Australia’s national symbol. One of four known species of kookaburra, it is the only species that is recognized for its laugh-like call. Laughing kookaburras make a variety of call sounds, which are used for everything from courtship to marking territory. FUN FACT: The call of the kookaburra is commonly used in movies to imitate the sound of monkeys in a jungle!

Animals in This Exhibit

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John Seyjagat
Curator of Australian Exhibits

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As Curator of the Australian Exhibits, John's daily tasks include managing the exhibit staff and making sure all of our animals are healthy and happy! Learn More

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