Friday, September 23, 2011
Taronga Zoo is on every tourists list of to-dos in Sydney. Rivaled in my experience only by the Columbus Zoo in size it has some amazing features no Ohio zoo could offer, views of Sydney Harbor. The zoo is located in our home neighborhood of Mosman and has a FREE Gondola. You can reach the zoo via ferry from circular quay, but it is not required to pay the $40 entrance for a ride to the top.
Taronga offers 8 different walking trails, each with at least an hours worth of animal experience. The kid's trail offers a huge petting zoo and walkabout with kangaroos and emus. There is also a nice educational facility for kids classes and animal encounters. Some encounters, such as entering the Koala cage, must be paid for and can book quickly. Some of our favorite animals are the Dhole, Lemurs, Emu, and Tasmania Devils.
Taronga has a wonderful conservation effort and great labeling system. They darken exhibits for nocturnal animals making them active for visitors during the day. Since Australia is home to 20 of the top 25 world's deadliest snakes, this is a rare chance to see many of them up close. Taronga also has one of the world's oldest elephant and bird houses. I'm glad we decided to join as our membership will help with conservation, there is a free bus running through Mosman to take us there, and the walk is such a good workout. Most of the trails are shaded, but don't forget your hat mate!