As one of the largest and the most populous city of Australia, Sydney needs no introduction. The city of iconic Opera House and the majestic Sydney Harbour and the widely acclaimed Bondi beach, Sydney is full of boasting skyline and exotic locations which enthrall the visitors and make them come there again and again. One such famous tourist spot is award winning Taronga Zoo which captivates the folks of all ages the same, thanks to its exotic wildlife and some really adrenaline pumping activities. So people, brace up to behold some jaw -dropping wildlife behavior which you won’t find anywhere else!!!!!
Location of Taronga Zoo
This city zoo of Sydney is located on the absolutely enthralling shores of Sydney Harbour, precisely on the Bradleys Head Road, outskirts of Mosman, Sydney.
Although the zoo is its current form was officially opened on 7 October 1916; it was the culmination of continuous efforts of the local authorities to have bigger and better zoo area for the city, which would ultimately replace the first public zoo opened in Moore Park. In a quest to provide the animals the unconstrained wilderness akin to the famous Hamburg Zoo of Germany, the new bar- less idea came to existence. This required far larger land area than the Moors Park, hence approx 43 acres of land awarded near Sydney Harbour to create a zoo, whose name is based on the Aboriginal word – Taronga, aptly meaning the beautiful view.
Things to do
To answer the question – a lot!! This place is so much more than just a zoo. The ferry service offered by the zoo takes approx 12 minutes to reach the zoo from the city is like top notch start to the visit. The courtyard area, the original dome- shaped building built in 1916 can be seen.
The zoo has more than 4000 animals of approx 340 different species ranging from native Australians to exotic ones. From Tree Kangaroos, koalas, Rat- Kangaroos, Giraffes, Asian Elephants, Gibbons, seals, Red Pandas, Platypus, and Chimpanzees are some of the notable ones. The park has several trails and shortcuts and is divided into a specific area dedicated for special animals.
- Reptile World – You can definitely spot your favorite reptiles from the several species of snakes and lizards.
- Elephants – The zoo initiated a breeding program for elephants, under which initially five Asian elephants were taken to the zoo. They are now one of the biggest attractions as an entire show devoted to them for their several tricks such as football kicking etc.
- The Seal show – The adorable seals will win your heart with their little activities display.
- Cute Chimpanzees and Silver Back Gorilla are extremely in demand for the memorable photographs.
- The zoo has ‘Roar n Snore’ – a specialized camping program to for a full Taronga zoo experience with a sleepover, is also extremely popular.
- You can also enjoy sky safari. The zoo has special activity area for kids with their own zoo, trails and little farm playgrounds.
- If you are hungry after all the tour, you can have food in the food court in the zoo grounds.
Taronga Zoo proudly acknowledges the history of the native people of the area – the Cammeraigal. The new main entry plaza of the zoo is now furnished with their indigenous artwork.
The zoo is the first one to witness the baby elephant named Luk Chai and the second one to witness platypus breeding in Australia.
The zoo has its very own chimpanzee community with male and females and their very able leader, Lubutu – the alpha male.
This zoo is a great visit, not just for its diverse wildlife but also its unique animal safari. Topping all, the mesmerizing view of Sydney Harbour – a must visit with the kids.
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