"Before one can run, one must learn to walkabout." To celebrate the opening of Walkabout Australia, San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s new interactive safari, agency M&C Saatchi LA has launched “Safari, Aussie Style. Embracing the Way of the Roo.” The campaign is guided by Kanguru, an endearingly free-spirited, bohemian Australian with a Southern Californian flower-child attitude. Along the Walkabout, he encounters some of the fauna that inspire his positive outlook. Visitors to Walkabout Australia can do the same, while they explore 3.6 acres of everything awesomely Aussie in four different habitats.

The creative team that brought the campaign to life was a unique mix of Australians and SoCal natives, notes Maria Smith, Executive Creative Director, M&C Saatchi LA. “We all brought our different perspectives to creating spots that capture just how awesome it is to be able to get up close and interact with some of Australia’s most fascinating creatures, in the heart of southern California.”

The campaign includes spots for broadcast and theatrical release, directed by Gentlemen (Brett Snider and Billy Federighi) that air throughout the summer. “Welcome to Walkabout,” is a centerpiece: 30 spot that introduces the Way of the Roo with the affable Kanguru and his furry and feathered Aussie mates. Kanguru’s inviting and over-the-top positivity also connects via accompanying radio spots featuring philosophical “Roo-isms.”

“Our Kanguru serves as an ambassador of fun. He is both silly and sincere in his delivery as he introduces everyone to the Way of the Roo, Walkabout Australia is an enlightened path of adventure with animals and memorable family fun,” says Ted Molter, Chief Marketing Officer, San Diego Zoo Global.

The print and out of home campaign highlights the interactive quality of the safari, presenting kids and animals together in a key art series awash with bold color. Elements from “Way Of The Roo,” were also integrated into a new AR App “Danceabout Australia” produced by Red Interactive, now featured within the AR Apps category within the Apple App Store.

Walkabout Australia offers a safari experience with Australia’s extraordinary creatures on a scale that has never been done before. Eighty percent of Australia’s animal species are unique to the region, including the red-necked wallaby, western gray kangaroo, magpie goose, radjah shelduck and the freckled duck.

“Australia is an extraordinary place, and we are thrilled to provide a snapshot of some of its wonders at the all-new Walkabout Australia experience at the Safari Park,” elaborates Lisa Peterson, Director, San Diego Zoo Safari Park. "Not only does Walkabout Australia allow us to connect people to the region’s fascinating wildlife, but it adds another dimension to San Diego Zoo Global’s efforts to save species, such as the cassowary and the endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo.”

About San Diego Zoo Global
Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes on-site wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The work of these entities is made accessible to children through the San Diego Zoo Kids network, reaching out through the Internet and in children’s hospitals nationwide. The work of San Diego Zoo Global is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global.

About M&C Saatchi LA
M&C Saatchi LA is part of the M&C Saatchi Worldwide Network, the world's largest independent marketing agency. Named in the top five of Ad Age's Best Places To Work 2015, M&C Saatchi LA has produced iconic work for Ketel One, Crystal Cruises, Qantas Airways, EPSON, Pacific Life Insurance, 20th Century Fox, Netflix, the San Diego Zoo, UGG®, and Google. Heavenspot, M&C Saatchi Sports & Entertainment, Clear, M&C Saatchi PR and M&C Saatchi Mobile are part of the integrated offerings of the M&C Saatchi LA Group. For more information, visit http://mcsaatchi-la.com/.