Oceania is in our antipodes, and is a fascinating continent. The land of wallabies, cassowaries, emus and koalas, the animals in Oceania are brought together in one of thematic areas at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium. Animal and plant biodiversity on this continent is fabulous –proof of this is that it has tropical and subtropical ecosystems, tundra and mountain territories: each island is a world unto itself. Also, the “endemic fact” is widespread; it exclusively contains many of the species of this world, among which the marsupial family stands out. The most peculiar thing about the wildlife in this part of the globe is that it has evolved in a region that is quite unlike the rest of the continents: thus, Papua and Tasmania (home of the well-known devils that bear its name, or porcupines).
The rock wallaby –or yellow-footed wallaby – and the Bennett’s wallaby are two species of wallaby that live at Madrid Zoo. The first is easily recognisable by its ringed tail and is protected, while the second is often confused with e kangaroos (though it is smaller). Koalas, one the other hand, are part of the Madrid park’s landscape since their arrival in 2001. They were the first specimens of this species from Oceania that were shown in Spain.