In Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan (43.768533,142.482717), I saw a pair of emus. Are they the northernmost Australian fauna in the world, or is there a place even further north that has distinctly Australian fauna?

Pair of emus in Asahiyama Zoo. Fair amount of snow, but the emus don't seem to be affected by it. Quickmeme caption: No, seriously ... where the bloody hell are we?


  • Can be in the wild or in captivity
  • Has to be reasonably distinct - kangaroos would count even though they also occur in Papua New Guinea, but albatrosses probably wouldn't.
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    There's a half-dozen red kangaroos sharing an enclosure with some deer at Batumi Zoo in Georgia, which is at 41.646637,41.627508. – hippietrail Jun 30 '12 at 10:53
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    Not wishing to spoil the fun we had looking for the northernmost Australian animals, but 43 degrees north is not very far north. London is 51, Edinburgh 55. – DJClayworth Jun 30 '12 at 22:18
  • Are you looking for natural Australian fauna or also for artificial Australian fauna? – RoflcoptrException Jul 5 '12 at 12:41
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    @RoflcoptrException What's artificial Australian fauna? Cane toads? – Andrew Grimm Jul 5 '12 at 14:31
  • @AndrewGrimm a zoo or something similar – RoflcoptrException Jul 5 '12 at 15:47

Apparently the Kitee (Finland) Zoo (62°02′45″N) has emus.

According to Wikipedia, Ranua, Lapland has the northernmost zoo in the world (65°56′32″N). I checked the website; it doesn't seem to have anything I recognize as Australian (it lists mainly northern birds, and a surprisingly large number of species of weasels).

I also checked the Ähtäri Zoo (62°32′20″N); nothing Australian is listed. There are a few other northern zoos:

  • Reykjavík has one but I couldn't find much information
  • Frösön, Sweden

In terms of feral Australian fauna, several northern European cities have feral parrots. The most common feral parrots are South American and Eurasian, but there might be Australian species present as well. (Budgerigars are also common generally, but apparently they don't survive cold winters). Example: An Indian species showed up in Edinburgh.

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  • There is a tiny population of escaped wallabies in the Netherlands. – RemcoGerlich Mar 15 '14 at 15:53

The most northerly Australian animals I've personally come across were at the Copenhagen zoo.

In addition to the not-so-unexpected Kangaroos they also have a few Tasmanian Devils, and at least one Kookaburra! According to my GPS, it's at about 55.672° N, 12.523° E.

Heading even further north, the Helsinki Zoo in Finland has both Emu and Red-necked Wallabies. It's at 60.1749° N, 24.9840° E.

Leningrad Zoo also have some Kangaroos, but it's slightly further south than Helsinki (59.9525° N, 30.3087° E)

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  • OK, gotta give you that. Kudos for the Helsinki finds. – DJClayworth Jun 30 '12 at 22:13

This page says that Tallinn zoo has kangaroos. Tallin is at 59 degrees 26 mins north. A review on this page backs it up. So does this picture.

I found a newspaper report of a ship taking a kangaroo back to Leningrad Zoo (59 degrees 57 mins N) after their only one was killed in the war, but that was in 1950 and I can find nothing to say they still have one.

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    They appear to be Red-necked Wallabies, not Kangaroos. Still Australian though! – Doc Jun 30 '12 at 18:18

Inchconnachan, 56 degrees 5 mins north, in Loch Lomond, has a population of wallabies roaming wild.

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  • Most northerly wild Australian fauna would be a whole other question. – DJClayworth Jul 16 '13 at 18:12

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