Family Travel 2011

Megan Sexton

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

New 'mates' make Riverbanks debut

Posted 7/30/2010 2:09:00 PM

There is something hard to resist about kangaroos, Australia’s most famous animals.

Now you can see them hopping around at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia.

The new, interactive Kangaroo Walkabout exhibit opened this spring with wallabies on display, and the red kangaroos were added later. Rodney, the male kangaroo, was the first to be introduced. The females, Lilly and Meeka, were added to the exhibit this month.

Visitors can walk on a path through the exhibit, with nothing separating the animals and the people.

The red kangaroos that are now on exhibit are young and are almost the same size as the wallabies, but the kangaroos will eventually grow to 5 feet. Red-necked wallabies grow to be about 36 inches tall and are often confused as young kangaroos.

The kangaroo walkabout is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.