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Published January 22nd 2017
Get amongst the animals at Taronga Zoo
Early in the year we had the opportunity to take our grandsons to Taronga Zoo in Sydney. What we didn't expect is that two three-and-a-half-year-old boys would last five hours at the zoo.
What's your favourite animal at the zoo? Image by Gary Brown.
Not only were Riley and Lachie well behaved throughout the day, they couldn't get enough of what the zoo had to offer.
Before venturing on our day at the Taronga Zoo Leanne and I worked out a bit of a plan that we would do on the day. This would help make the day more enjoyable for all of us. Riley mainly want to see the giraffes and Lachie wanted to see the zebras. For me it was definitely the meerkats and for Leanne it was the seal show.
Riley mainly wanted to see the giraffes. Image by Gary Brown.
It was decided that we would arrive when the zoo opened. So, after parking and meeting up with Alissa and Andrew we made our way to the area that houses the reptiles, then onto the African Safari (orange path), where the boys got to see their favourites the giraffes and zebras. I also managed a long stop off at the meerkats.
I didn't know that they were so big. Image by Gary Brown.
From here we made our way past the gorillas to find a seat at the seal show which was on from 11am. The next major attractions were the elephants and a brief encounter with a few owls, eagles and other birds at the QBE free-flight bird show (blue path).
Don't forget to check out the Gorilla Keeper talk at 3pm. Image by Gary Brown.
We also checked out a few more animals on the red path and then were amazed at the seals and penguins on the blue path. From here we made our way back up on the Sky Safari and were able to check out the elephants, monkeys and bush birds for one last time.
Alissa wishes that she had a pool like the seal have. Image by Gary Brown.
To make things a bit cheaper for us, Leanne packed a bunch of nibbles, water bottles and bacon and cheese rolls for us and the boys, while Alissa and Andrew brought along cookies. By doing this it cost us just under a $100 for parking, entry for two adults, and food and drinks, and the boys got in for free because they were under four years old. Not bad for just over five hours at the zoo.
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Nice article. Unfortunately every time I went to this zoo either parts of the zoo was going under renovations or parts of it was closed or some of the animals decided not to come out. It's a lovely zoo otherwise.