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State: New South Wales
Taronga Zoo is the nation's leading zoological garden, featuring Australia's finest collection of native animals and a diverse collection of exotic species. What makes Taronga something special is its location. It is situated on elevated land along the waterfront, in one of the most beautiful vantage points on Sydney Harbour. A must see while there is the Great Southern Oceans exhibit. Covering 1.2 hectare, it features Australian Sea Lions, Australian Fur Seals, New Zealand Fur Seals, Californian Sea Lions, Penguins and Pelicans.
Last visited 2018
Bradley's Head Road
Phone number (02) 9969 2777
Opened minimum 9.30am - 4.30 pm, closed Christmas day
Annual cards (valid for 12 months)
Adult 47,- $
Child 4-15 years 27,- $
(Free entrance to zoos in Adelaide, Dubbo, Melbourne, Mosman and Perth)
Adult 110,- $
Child 4-15 years 55,- $
For kids thereare several petting area
The first public zoo in New South Wales (NSW) officially opened in Sydney in 1884 on a site known as Billy Goat Swamp in Moore Park, operated by the Zoological Society of NSW which was founded in March 1879. After a visit to Germany in 1908 the elected Secretary of the zoo, Albert Sherbourne Le Souef, returned with a vision for a new Sydney zoo, based on the bar-less exhibits of Hamburg Zoo. The site at Moore Park had become too small and was not suited to the vision. A new site for the zoo was sought. On April 24th, 1912 the NSW Government granted 43 acres of land north of the harbour which were part of Ashton Park. Another 9 acres were granted in April 1916. In 1913, Management of the zoo passed to a Trust named the New Zoological Gardens Trust which became the Taronga Zoological Park Trust. The first exhibits to be built were the seal ponds, elephant temple, monkey pits, top entrance, aviaries, paths and roadways and the refreshment rooms. In all, 228 mammals, 552 birds and 64 reptiles were moved from Moore Park to Taronga. Many, including the elephants, crossed the harbour on board a flat top barge. Taronga Zoo was officially opened on October 7th, 1916. New exhibits and facilities were developed over time. The Giraffe House was completed in 1923, the Aquarium in 1927, Floral Clock in 1928, Tahr Mountain in 1932 and the Tiger Pits in 1939. Under the directorship of Edward Hallstrom in the 1940's - 1960's several new exhibits were built including those for larger cats, koalas, apes and gorillas. After a critical review in 1967, a new era in the style and philosophy for the operation of Taronga began which reflected the new emphasis on scientific research, conservation and education. Many new exhibits were built starting with the Platypus and Nocturnal Houses, waterfowl ponds and walkthrough Rainforest Aviary. A Veterinary Quarantine Centre was built as was an Education Centre (funded by the Department of Education). Previous attractions such as elephant rides, miniature trains, monkey circus and merry-go-round gave way to educational facilities such as Friendship Farm and Seal theatre. In June 1973 a new Zoological Parks Board Act of NSW was enacted replacing the Trust with the Zoological Parks Board of NSW. In the mid-1980s, a gondola lift was installed that allows visitors to view the zoo and Sydney Harbour. It runs from the bottom of the park close to the ferry wharf, and transports passengers to the top end of the zoo. Recent history has seen the Board further develop its research, conservation and education activities. Joint research projects are being undertaken with a number of institutions. Unique sub-units and partnerships were also developed, such as the Australian Wildlife Health Network, the Australian Marine Mammal Research Centre, The Taronga Training Institute and other associated capabilities. In 2008-2009 the Board was renamed the Taronga Conservation Society Australia to better reflect the range of national and global initiatives in its make-up. In 2000, TCSA commenced a 12-year $250 million master plan, the majority of which is being spent at Taronga Zoo. The first major master plan item was the Backyard to Bush precinct. Under the plan, the zoo received five Asian elephants from the Thailand Zoological Park Organisation for breeding purposes, education, long-term research and involvement of conservation programs. The plan has met opposition from environmental activists in Thailand, who blockaded the trucks hauling the elephants to Bangkok International Airport for their flight on 5 June 2006. The elephants along with other Asian rain forest specimens are housed in the "Wild Asia" precinct which opened in 2006 and aims to immerse visitors in an Asian rain forest environment. A marine section, Great Southern Oceans, opened in April 2008. Recently, the redevelopment and restoration of the historic entrance opened, further adding to the masterplan. The chimpanzee exhibit opened 2011.
After paying the entrance fee we have 4 aviaries for australian birds to the left and to the right a Koala enclosure. Entering the reptile area we meet corroboree frogs, komodo dragons and freshwater crocodiles just to mention a few. Going downhill we turn left at Toronge Food Market and soon see the lively lemurs. Then turning left to meet southern cassowary, wombats where we soon after turn left again. Here we enter a nocturnal house with longnosed echinas, bats and bilbys to mention a few. Outside again we on the right hand have a Australian rainforest aviary. At the end of the road turning right we meet tree kangaroos before we pass the nocturnal house and walk up hill. On the top we have a kangaroo walk through enclosure, but also meet the the shortnosed echidne. Here you also can take a photo with a koala. Pretty close by is the platypus house where you can see them swim. Going downhill further on the left we then have a large aviary for wallabies, birds and platypusses. Back to the main path we turn left and soon see giraffes. Keeping going left we soon enter the childrens zoo with typical farm animals, pets and the quoakka. In this area is hill with wombats andd several insect and spider species. Back to the giraffes and passong them we come to an picnic area. From here you can watch the lively tamarins and the big saltwater crocodile. Lets then look at the gorilla and a bit late the Asian elephants. At the sun bear you enter the tiger trail with Saatran tigers. Across we then walk on the rainforest trail with bongo, binturong and francois' langur. Back on the maintrack gibbons, oriental small-clawed otters and fishing cats. Bedide the wetland aviary tak the escalators up and go arround thecentenary shop. Following we find Australian pelicans and afterwards we can watch an interesting sea lion show. Down the hill and then to the right we meet Australin and New Zealand fur seals as well as little penguins. Before heading to the exit its time to see the red pandas.
DE: Der Artenreichste Zoo Australiens zeigt die einheimische Fauna aber auch viele exoten. Selten gezeigt werden Schnabeltiere, Westliche Langschnabeligel und Quokkas
DK: Australiens mest artsrige zoo viser den lokale fauna men også mange eksotiske dyr. Af sjælden viste arter kan nævnes næbdyr, vestlig langnæbbede myrepindsvin og quokkaer