Taronga Zoo, Sydney (Self Guided)

Opening in 1916 in Mosman, the Taronga Zoo is one of the main attractions of Sydney. On the 21 hectares housing Sydney’s city zoo you can see birds and animals that live only on the Australian continent, such as the koala, emu, red kangaroo and many others. In addition, you can see more than 2600 animals from all over the world, including quite a few threatened and endangered species. The following self-guided walking tour will lead you to the most interesting inhabitants of the Taronga Zoo.
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Guide Name: Taronga Zoo
Guide Location: Australia » Sydney (See other walking tours in Sydney)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: nataly
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Wild Australia

1) Wild Australia

The first animal exhibit that you will see is home to the native Australian representatives. The most famous Australian animal and the symbol of the continent is the koala. There are 25 friendly koalas in the zoo, and you can not only admire them but also get in touch. Other specimens that you’ll see include wallabies, emus, green and golden bell frogs, and many other wild animals and birds that are native only to Australia.
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Australian Nightlife

2) Australian Nightlife

In this section of the Taronga Zoo you will see animals that are representatives of the Australian nightlife. Among them are the spotted-tail quoll, bilby, New Caledonian giant gecko, common ringtail possum and many other creatures that are very sleepy during the day. Some of them can be seen even outside the zoo, during your night promenade.
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Elephant Breeding Facility

3) Elephant Breeding Facility

Taronga Zoo participates in a program of elephant breeding inside the zoo, in order to preserve threatened species. One of those species are the Asian elephants that are endangered in the wild. These elephants are brought from Thailand. You can see here the first elephant born in Australia, in 2009, and also find out more interesting facts about elephants.
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Backyard to Bush

4) Backyard to Bush

The Backyard to Bush section of the Taronga Zoo houses a wide variety of animals that originate both within Australia and beyond it. Besides such large representatives of the fauna like the eastern grey kangaroo and emu, you can also see the little shingleback and Australian green tree frog, and even the tiny daddy longlegs and mealworm, among others.
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Great Southern Oceans

5) Great Southern Oceans

The Great Southern Ocean exhibit is one of the most interesting and largest at Taronga Zoo. In this 1.2 hectare area you can see the beautiful fiordland penguins from New Zealand, and creatures known as little penguins that live in Australia. Also there is a Seal Discovery Theatre where you can enjoy performances by the magnificent and skilled Australian fur seals, Australian sea lions and leopard seals.
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Wild Asia

6) Wild Asia

Taronga Zoo gives you the opportunity to admire the fauna of wild Asian rainforests in one of its exhibits. Here you can see oriental small-clawed otter, red junglefowl, silvery gibbon, and many others. In this part of the zoo are present many beautiful birds. Unfortunately some of the animals represent threatened species, so these exhibits are particularly valuable in that respect.
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African Waterhole

7) African Waterhole

The African Waterhole of the Taronga Zoo hosts some of the most dangerous wild animals, such as lions and sun bears. You can also see here the beautiful and friendly giraffes and zebras. Other representatives of African fauna include the two generations of gorillas that live here.
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Reptile World

8) Reptile World

Reptile World features reptiles from all over the world, and contains the largest number of individual creatures in Taronga Zoo. The diversity of Reptile World is represented here starting with freshwater crocodiles and different types of iguanas and lizards. There is also an impressive number of snakes, turtles, and frogs that live in the Reptile World section of the zoo.

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