On Monday, I went to Taronga Zoo with a friend of mine and her mother. This isn't my first visit. I think it's my fourth (?) since living here, maybe fifth time to go. I love zoos. I've never been to a zoo by myself, and after this visit, I decided I must change that...soon...because I want to spend whatever amount of time at whatever animal exhibit I want without worrying about the enjoyment of others. I'm not being selfish. I just want to sit and watch the animals without feeling rushed.
If I was a good blogger (or a travel blogger), I'd give all sorts of tips, prices, and a whole lot more information. I'm not. I'm keeping with my theme of "Sunday's Seven Snapshots"...I thought I'd share some happy snaps from my zoo adventure. (Plus, these are really about the only good ones I got because my iphone 5 sucks and the battery life has been terrible. Rant over.)
From Circular Quay, I caught a ferry to Taronga Zoo. This picture was taken from the ferry dock.
breeding programs, and they've done well. Here's a baby giraffe in all its gangly glory.
The elephants' exhibits overlook Sydney Harbour as well. The male is kept separate from the females and the youngster.
I can't tell you in adequate words how amazing the gorillas and chimpanzees are at this zoo. When we approached the gorilla exhibit, one big daddy (you can see his buttcrack in the upper right hand corner) was laying on his side. While standing there, he rolled over to see a mama gorilla and this baby gorilla laying with him. The baby got up and started to play. Of course, I could get no good pictures because I was ooohhhing and aaahhhing too much. I think this photo says "come play with me."
These pictures don't do this zoo justice. You can have "animal encounters" (feed giraffes, take a picture with a koala, have an owl sit on your arm). There are chimpanzees and penguins, platypus and red pandas, komodo dragons and pygmy hippos....and so much more.
Recently, Wild Ropes opened in the zoo. Oh-eme-gee. I want to do this! AND, the have "Roar and Snore" where you can "(c)amp in safari style tents in the heart of Australia’s most famous zoo, and wake up to spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge." Anybody want to tell my husband that I want to do this for my next birthday????
If you come to Australia, I promise I will be your personal tour guide (if you want me) to this zoo. I love it. Who's with me??