Two new animals from the outback are joining our koalas at the Kansas City Zoo. A male and female dingo are now on exhibit in Australia. Meet our newest canine species and see them exploring their new digs near the kangaroos. Wake up with them this weekend as the Zoo begins extended summer hours. We will open at 8 am every day this summer through Labor Day.
These two dingoes came to the Kansas City Zoo from the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, New York. The male is named “Otto” and the female is named “Lefty.” They will turn four years old next week and although they share a birthday, they are not siblings. Otto is very timid but very sweet. He enjoys spending time splashing around in the pool located in the exhibit. Lefty likes attention and is very adventurous and vocal. Both of them enjoy playing with one another and chasing each other around their new home.
A dingo is a medium-sized, long-legged, athletic dog of great agility, speed and stamina. They are most commonly found in Australia and Thailand and can live in most any habitat from tropical wetlands to hot arid deserts. Their coat is typically a sandy, reddish or ginger color, with cream colored fur on the chest, feet and tips of their tails. The tails are bushy like wolves and other wild dogs. Males are distinctly larger than females, and Australian dingoes tend to be larger than those in Asia.
We have an action packed Memorial Day Weekend Planned at the KCZoo. Head down to Africa and join the birthday festivities for our baby gorilla. Masika’s first birthday party is at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Learn all there is to know about our kangaroos, tree kangaroos and koalas during our Species Spotlight on marsupials from 10 am to 3 pm. The Humboldt penguins are taking a stroll outside the Helzberg Penguin Plaza during the Penguin March at 11 am. Make some Memorial Day memories at the Kansas City Zoo.