The Australian government Thursday (9 November) presented nine kangaroos and a wallaby to the Washington National Zoo.
The Australian government Thursday (9 November) presented nine kangaroos and a wallaby to the Washington National Zoo. The animals were part of the Australian exhibition at Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada.
The group included the species of kangaroo known as the Red Kangaroo. Despite the name, the fur of these animals ranges from red to smokey blue-grey. The wallaby looks like a small kangaroo. The animals ate a large of lettuce and other vegetables, as press photographers snapped pictures and a small crowd of zoo officials and the public looked on. Ambassador and Mrs. Waller went right into the kangaroo's cage and fed some of the animals.
At Expo the animals had been the "hit" of the pavallion and many people had gone quickly through the large Australian building to get to the kangaroos. At times, this interest upset the Australian guides at the Fair, since the kangaroos were intended as only a small side exhibit outside the main building.
The gift will increase the size of the Washington Zoo's kangaroo collection to one of the largest displays in the United States, after the Bronx Zoo in New York and the San Diego Zoo.
Accepting the gift was Dr. Sydney Galler, Smithsonian Institution's Assistant Secretary for Science.