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Location and history
Taronga ZOO is located very close to the city centre (City) in the Mosman district. Only water separates us from the Circular Quay. It is the best to take a ferry that goes directly to the ZOO. You can also take a bus, but the waterway is faster and certainly prettier. After leaving the ferry you can enter the back gate, which is located about 2-3 minutes from the marina or go by bus to the main gate. The ZOO area covers 21 hectares and was established in 1916.
The ZOO is open from 9.30 and an adult ticket costs about $ 40. If you are going with children under the age of four, they enter for free. Despite the fairly good markings of paths, it is worth equipping yourself with a free mobile app.
In addition to watching animals in the Taronga Zoo, there are many attractions waiting for you. Before the visit, it is worth to check places you want to visit. Most of them have two or three times a day speeches given by the carers of the pet, often combined with feeding animals.
I really enjoyed the narration built around the ZOO’s activity. I was in zoological gardens, where people were just passing the cages, sometimes reading something about an animal on a notice board. In Taronga ZOO You can see the story. The best example You can feel in tigers area. We start from the entrance to the room, which resembles the interior of the aircraft. In the screens on the walls, we have a flight imitation. After a while, the voice in the speakers says that we have landed in Sumatra. After leaving the room with the second door, we get a copy of the village from Sumatra, where souvenir stands and houses are reproduced. At the end of the path, we have Landrover, to which we can enter from the back. The back door is on the path, and the front is on the catwalk for tigers.
There are more such places. There is also a copy of the house, with animals in places where we can meet them every day in Australia. So there are spiders, cockroaches and other insects. In Taronga ZOO you will also find rooms for night animals, birds and amphibians. If you like it, you can use the rope park for a fee and look at the ZOO from the top.
If you are going with children, you will also find a zone for them, where you can walk past the emus, pet small rabbits or sheep.
Of course, as we are in Australia, a large part is devoted to native animals of this country. You will find koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas, snakes, frogs and many more!
In Taronga ZOO it is also worth paying attention to details. It is a non-profit organization which is very cool. Cafes located in the garden are approaching 90% of the recycling level of packaging and raw materials used in them. The possibility of putting bottles and cans into the machine is also interesting. Such machines are also found in the city and then for each bottle or can or jar give a 10 cents coupon. At Taronga Zoo this symbolic amount is transferred to animal protection.
ZOO is not big, compared, for example, to Prague, but I liked it a lot. An interestingly told history of activities and animals in combination with the views creates a very good mix!