Arguably, Taronga zoo stands the best zoo in Sydney and even Australia. Taronga Zoo sits proudly on the north shore of central Sydney in one of the fingers like protrusions of coastal Sydney similar to Opera House.
Ever wondered what Taronga means? It means ‘Beautiful views’ in the local aboriginal language which it has without a doubt.
Opening just over a 100 years ago has led to the accumulation of thousands of animals of all shapes, colours and sizes.
Taronga zoo is set on a hill, looking over Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge. Not only does this mean the best views of any zoo, but also there are great expansive grounds to relax and enjoy.
Inspired by a 1908 visit to the Hamburg Zoo with complete bar free, the secretary of the zoo namely Albert Sherbourne Le Souef, proposed an innovative zoo that you see now in Taronga.
The zoo also has the Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour, which explores the connection between Australia’s fauna, flora and their Aboriginal Dreamtime folklore.
The zoo is spread across species of different geographical regions which are Wild Australia, Great Southern Oceans, Wild Asia, Serpentaria, Himalayan mountains, Park aviary, South American Aviary, African waterhole, Chimpanzee Park, Gorilla Forest, Dog-row, Big Cats, Giant Tortoise and Bear Canyon.
There are various trails in Taronga zoo, you follow the main green rings on the map and then choose your preference in exploring different trails such as Reptile world, African safari, Bird show, Rainforest trail, Seal walk, Kids trail and Australian walkabout.
If you loved Taronga Zoo, you should check out its sister zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales.
In the end, this world-class zoo with well looked after animals in a sizable enclosure is a wildlife lover’s paradise.
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