David Kruidenier Australia Adventure

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David Kruidenier Australia Adventure


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Opening will be “A Day Down Under” on Saturday, July 16

For Immediate Release

DES MOINES, Iowa (July 12, 2011) Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo is set to open its first major exhibit in ten years. The David Kruidenier Australia Adventure will open Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m. The exhibit tells the story of Australia and features a journey into an Australian farm more commonly referred to in Australia as a ‘station.’


“From the moment you step into the exhibit, you will be immersed into the culture of Australia,” said Mark Vukovich, CEO of Blank Park Zoo. “Not only will you see some very interesting animals, you’ll learn about the Aboriginal people, see a didgeridoo and paint a boomerang.”


The exhibit introduces you to a cassowary, a very large flightless bird with a colorful head. Returning to the exhibit will be wallabies, emu, kookaburras and lorikeets as well as birds in a walk through aviary. In addition, the train station has been transformed into Walleroo Crossing.

Walleroo Crossing will also feature a mob of bachelor wallabies which will be used for a breeding program.

“A Day Down Under” festivities will be held from 10 a.m. until noon and will include:

  • A free Union Pacific train whistle for the first 300 children.
  • An appearance by The Roosters, Des Moines’ very own Aussie Rules Football Team
  • Didgeridoo and pan flute music of Wes Rick and Mak Dervo
  • Sampling of Australia’s favorite snack – Vegemite
  • Zookeeper Chats

Blank Park Zoo would like to thank the Kruidenier Family, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Union Pacific, John Deere and all the donors to the Wild About Animals Capital Campaign that have helped fund this and many other projects.

The Blank Park Zoo, Iowa’s WILDEST Adventure, is open every day 10am-5pm. Fridays until 8pm, now through Sept. 2. Daily admission is $10.95 for adults, $5.95 for children under 12, and $8.95 for seniors and active military. The Zoo is located at 7401 SW 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50315. Blank Park Zoo members and children 2 and under are free. Visit the Zoo online at . The Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The AZA is America’s leading accrediting organization that sets rigorous, professional standards for zoos and aquariums. The AZA is building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement by engaging and inspiring the 143 million annual visitors to its member institutions and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife.



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