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Kangaroo Crossing at the Minnesota Zoo

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Have you ever wanted to see a kangaroo up close? There’s no need to hop on a plane to Australia to make your dream come true because this summer kangaroos (and friends) are coming to the Minnesota Zoo!

Kangaroo Crossing opens to the public on May 27th, 2017 and lets visitors roam around the living quarters of red kangaroos PLUS emus and wallabies. Some of the wallabies even have joeys in their pouches — extra cute!

This special exhibit will be open daily through Labor Day 2017 and is part of the regular admission cost into the Zoo. They will also have special themed food and beverage areas and additional live animal encounters to enhance the visitor Australian experience.

Fun fact: Red Kangaroos are the largest marsupials in the WORLD. Mature males are extremely muscular, measuring 5 feet tall and weighing nearly 200 pounds! (Credit: Minnesota Zoo)

Kangaroo Crossing Minnesota Zoo

Credit: Minnesota Zoo

Fun fact: Bennett’s wallabies are strict plant eaters that primarily feed on grasses. They will also eat herbs, flowers, seed heads and come leaves. (Credit: Minnesota Zoo)

Wallaby Kangaroo Crossing Minnesota Zoo

Credit: Minnesota Zoo

Fun fact: With an adult height of up to 6 feet tall, emus are the second largest bird in the world! (Credit: Minnesota Zoo) — if you’re wondering, the ostrich is the largest bird in the world.

Emu Kangaroo Crossing Minnesota Zoo

Credit: Minnesota Zoo

Daily activities at Kangaroo Crossing include:

  • Kangaroo Crossing walkabout experience
  • Wings Financial World of Birds Show featuring Coconut (cockatoo) and more
  • Walkabout Grill with Australia-themed food and beverages
  • Weekly “Jump Squad” appearances at the Zoo and around Minnesota

Oh yeah! If you can’t make it to the Zoo before Labor Day, you can see these Aussies on bonus weekend opportunities through October 15th.


The Minnesota Zoo is located 25 miles south of Roseville, MN and is a perfect attraction for families, couples or even if you’re traveling on your own. Book your stay at one of Roseville’s 11 hotels and make a vacation out of seeing Australia’s favorite animals up-close and personal. There’s plenty of other fun things happening around the Twin Cities this summer. Find them all on our calendar of events!