Kentucky Down Under

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Kentucky Down Under
Date opened 1990
Location Horse Cave, Kentucky, United States

Kentucky Down Under is an Australia-themed animal park located in Horse Cave, Kentucky, United States.

In 1990, the park was opened by Bill and Judy Austin to the public.

Bill Austin was manager of Mammoth Onyx Cave (which was later renamed Kentucky Caverns), which his grandfather had purchased in the 1920s. Peacocks and other small animals had been added to the park for visitors to enjoy on the surface in-between cave tours. A herd of American bison was added in the 1970s, followed by the Australian animals in 1990, and the park renamed to "Kentucky Down Under".[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Anderson, Terry Lee; Huggins, Laura E.; Power, Thomas M. (2008), Accounting for mother nature: changing demands for her bounty, Stanford University Press, p. 78, ISBN 978-0-8047-5698-3 
  2. ^ Louisville Automobile Club (2000), Home & away in Kentucky, Volume 21, Louisville Auto Club, p. 19 
  3. ^ "Horse Cave: Kentucky Down Under is an educational, cultural treat". The Courier-Journal. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 

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