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Taronga Zoo

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by Kaitlin (subscribe)
I'm a Freelance Writer living in Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Stay tuned for my Website ;)
Published October 11th 2010
Why go to the City to see Animals in a Zoo, when there are Animals in the wild? At Taronga Zoo you get all of Australia's wonderful Animals and the Animals of the World in one place. Lions and Dolphins, Elephants and Horses are all available to be viewed and adored at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

When you visit Taronga Zoo, not only do you get to enjoy all of the World's Animals in one place, you also get to see them in action. Why not plan your visit to include one of the entertaining Seal Shows, or book yourself into a Taronga Zoo Koala Encounter!

Taronga Zoo was built with the Conservation of our Native and International wild Animal's preservation in mind. One of the Zoo's aims is to educate children and the community about the importance of conserving the World's Animal population so that others can benefit from being able to see them in the future.

Our ecology is a delicate system requiring balance and, through the partnerships between Taronga Zoo and many people and organisations, Taronga Zoo has managed to maintain that balance in captivity.

If you not only want to visit, but also wish to help Taronga Zoo, you can sponsor an Animal, volunteer as a helper, attend one of their many events to promote Animal Conservation, support an appeal, take action to help save our Animals, or simply become a Zoo friend and stay informed.

As well as the Taronga Zoo space in Sydney, Taronga Zoo boasts a second space called the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Taronga's second Zoo space enables their Animal handlers the required native grasslands for keeping Animals such as the Elephants and Rhinos, to name a few.

The beauty of Taronga Zoo is that you can delight in the presence of our home grown baby Animals who live along side their Wild mothers and fathers. Taronga Zoo is always happy to encourage the preservation of species through their conception and birth strategies – we all love a newborn.

Taronga Zoo is full of surprises! Taronga Zoo has its own Taronga Zoo Training Institute where students can learn about Animals and their habitats, conservation of Animals and much more. Students at the Taronga Zoo Training Institute are encouraged to make a valuable contribution to our Animal Kingdom's survival – want to contribute to a worthwhile profession?

While the Taronga Zoo has the popular self-guided tours, it also has ZoosnooZ overnight stays were students get to experience a Zoo night walk following a delicious BBQ dinner – it sounds wild!

Want Taronga Zoo to come to you? Taronga Zoo has its own mobile Zoo mobile that will travel to your location and give demonstrations and enable students and others to learn about Animal handling – you might even get to hold a baby possum.

Fancy yourself as a Wildlife Photographer? Taronga Zoo offers Photography weekends to budding photojournalists who want to practice their craft in the Wild, while not actually having to travel to Africa, or India to get started.
With a Twilight Safari, Certificate III in Tourism and a Fearless mind expert to help you overcome your fear of Spiders and Snakes, the Taronga Zoo is certainly a unique destination to add to your travel itinerary or weekend plans.

Did you know that Taronga Zoo has over 20 Animals beginning with the letter 'A'? Can you imagine how many more Animals they have if there are 26 letters in the Alphabet? Personally, I am looking forward to seeing the African Wild Dog and the Arabian Camel - which 'A' do you want to see?

Ever seen Meerkats in their natural habitat? Do you know what a Francios Leaf Monkey or a Fijian Crested Iguana looks like? You won't be bored at Taronga Zoo there are Animals for everyone and they are all right there where you can get up close and personal – just don't put your hand in the Tiger's enclosure!

One of the highlights of Taronga Zoo is Pathi Harn the newly born baby Elephant. Pathi Harn weights over 300 kg and is growing at a fast rate, so get along soon if you still want to see him small and cute!

You will be surprised by how the simplest advice can change the life of just one of the Animals at Taronga Zoo – for example, did you know that the Regent Honeyeater's habitat in the wild is the Box-Ironbark forests and that they are on the brink of distinction?

Planning your trip to Taronga Zoo in advance is advisable; selecting your favourite Animals, choosing Keeper Talks that interest you and knowing whether you will drive, or catch the Ferry.

Arrive early for anything on a time schedule, as you will not want to be up close for the Wedge Tail Eagle Display. Pre-tickets can be bought through NRMA via phone, online, or at any of their branches, or purchase tickets at the entrance to Taronga Zoo.

Member and normal prices vary slightly, with an Adult Member ticket priced at $38.70 and a non-member ticket priced at $43.00 – if you plan to visit a few times then perhaps becoming a member would work out cheaper…

Taronga Zoo is located at Bradleys Head Road, Mosman and is open everyday from 9am to 5pm. If you wish to contact Taronga Zoo for further questions, such as ease of access and other such questions call (02) 9969 2777 during business hours, or leave a message for them to call you back after hours.

Visit the Himalayan Mountains, an African Waterhole, a Gorilla Forrest, or Platypus House – feel as if you are really there at Taronga Zoo!
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Why? Animals Everywhere!
When: 9am to 5pm, everyday of the year
Where: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
Cost: Adult $38.70(members) $43.00(non-members);Child (4 - 15 years) $18.90(members) $21.00(non-members);Student/Concession $27.00(members) $30.00(non-members);Family Adult $32.90(members) $36.55(non-members);Family Child (4 - 15 years) $16.10(members) $17
Taronga Zoo is such a fantastic spot! I went on a recent trip to Sydney and I just fell in love with the place.

Not only are there so many amazing animals, but the enclosures are fantastic and the animals seem to have a genuinely fun time.

I think my absolute favourite were the baby elephants. When we were there one of the elephants got his leg stuck in a tire swing, he'd sort of hang there and twist around trying to get out. When he finally got free, he went back and put his foot right back in the tire swing. He was definitely a popular boy that day.

It is also a real treat to be in an amazing space with such magnificent animals from all around the world, and have the great backdrop of Sydney Harbor in the background.

The only thing I wish it had was a slightly healthier selection of food.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Thursday, 23rd of June @ 07:47 am
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