That’s right. Sydney!
Taronga Zoo is one of the best conservation zoos in the world and it sits on the northern shores of Sydney Harbour.
It is my favourite zoo in the world; so let me tell you why:
The conservation efforts.
Taronga Zoo is a non-profit (yes, you read that correctly!) organisation supporting wildlife conservation. Not only are they deeply involved in wildlife health and rescue, but also do a great job educating visitors on being more aware of the environment and our impact on it.
There are so many animals to see – and lots of variety!
Taronga cares for over 350 species, many of which are threatened, and houses over 4000 animals (at publication). They are involved in breeding programs to repopulate rare species, as well as having a wildlife hospital to care for those injured. Once the animals are cared for, Taronga make every effort to rehabilitate them back into to their natural habitats, although sometimes that’s impossible to do. When that happens, Taronga will keep them for breeding or educational purposes.
They make the zoo FUN and Educational.
You can explore the zoo on your own, or participate in daily ‘meet and greets’ with the animals. Taronga do a great job with educational instruction throughout the zoo. They talk about how we can be more aware and offer ways of reducing our human impact. You can even sleep with the animals with their ‘Roar and Snore’ program (which we have planned!).
Oh, and the views aren’t bad either.
Taronga sits on the northern shores of Sydney Harbour. The wildlife at Taronga have million dollar views of Sydney. The giraffes watch over the city from their own enclosure, as they munch away on lunch.
If you want to get great views of the city, simply hop the ferry from Circular Quay over to Taronga Zoo.
So How Do You to Get to Taronga Zoo?
You can either drive to Bradley’s Head and park or better yet, take a 12 minute ferry ride directly to Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay.
When Are They Open?
Taronga Zoo is open from 9.30 – 4.30 between May and August and until 5.00pm from September through April. They do close at 4.30pm on New Years Eve.
For the Roar and Snore Experience, Taronga, the itinerary begins at 6.15pm.
What Should You Take and Other Tips from Us…
Food is available at Taronga, including both fast foods and restaurants, but you can also save your pennies and take your own picnic into the zoo. There are picnic areas all around the zoo with gorgeous views to enjoy as you relax.
No matter what season, take a hat and some sunscreen. Trust me on that. If you do forget, there are gift shops around the zoo that sell both.
Bring your patience and your quiet voice. Sometimes the animals just don’t want to come out when there are screaming, running children about. So, wait it out and you may be surprised what might poke it’s nose from behind the bushes.
You need to stay hydrated, so bring a water bottle and refill it around the zoo. You’ll be doing your part to help with the conservation efforts that the zoo promotes!
Taronga is on a huge hill, so start at the top of the zoo and work your way down. When you arrive at the wharf, take the Sky Safari to the top and check out the animals as you make your way down the hill.
How can you help?
There are so many ways!
You can adopt an animal (Christmas present idea anyone?)
You can buy a gift certificate for future visits or for one of their short courses (want to be a Keeper for a Day? Or take a photography class?)
Your company can become a corporate sponsor.
Most of all, you can take action for a better environment. You can do YOUR part to conserve. Reduce your plastic. Reduce your consumable products. Live simply. Take public transport when you can (or better yet, walk!). Buy sustainable, local products (including foods!).