Lee Richardson Zoo has opened a new viewing area for visitors where they can get a closer look at red kangaroos and emus. The zoo has been the home to both species for a number of years but as new exhibits have been added, viewing opportunities have changed.
The new vantage point is located to the west of Cat Canyon, and will provide a better view of our Australian residents. Watch for the kangaroos, which are most active during the cooler hours, to be relaxing in the shade for most of the day, and the emus to be strolling around the yard.
Red kangaroos are one of the largest species of kangaroos. A group of kangaroos is known as a mob. Males are called boomers and females are called blue flyers due to the bluish grey tint of their fur. While joeys (baby kangaroos) are the size of a jelly bean when they make their way to the pouch, adult females are usually 60 pounds and males can be over 200 pounds.
Emus belong to a group of flightless birds known as ratites. They are the second largest bird, topped only by ostriches. Emus can run at speeds up to 30 miles per hour and have stiff tail feathers that can be rattled to frighten predators. Vocalizations ranging from drumming to grunting are made by emus usually during courting and breeding season.
Both of these species are native to Australia and can be seen at the zoo daily.