Saturday, April 12, 2008

We`re all going to the zoo, zoo... the Taronga Zoo! WOOT WOOT!!!

"We`re all going to the zoo, zoo... You can come, too, too! We`re all going to the zoo--- the Taronga Zoooooooo!!!"

Having arrived at the decision to forego travel up the East Coast of Australia in order to squeeze in my volunteer stint in the Philippines come June, I decided it was time to make my way to the Taronga Zoo. If I ever hope to see some koalas and kangaroos--- I may just have to see them in an Asutralian zoo (it`s not something I`m all that proud to admit). Frankly, I live life on the road one day at a time, and so this may be as good as it gets folks...

The Taronga Zoo is home to 2,600 animals on 21 hectares, making it one of the largest of its kind. It is the city zoo of Sydney and officially opened on October 7th, 1916. It is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Mosman.

It was early afternoon by the time three of my fellow Surfside roomies and I finally made our way over to the zoo. From Coogee, it first requires a 45 minute bus ride to the harbour waterfront. Once there, a 12- minute ferry ride takes you to the main entrance of the zoo grounds, and a cable car ride, called the "Sky Safari" brings you above and across the zoo grounds. It was so nice to peer down below at all of the animals while flying over them and finally landing at the alternate zoo entrance. Within minutes, we were excitedly making our way to an information booth where an elderly volunteer graciously explained to us the highlights of the zoo, the location of various points of interest, and the layout of the zoo map.

The next few hours were spent exploring the different exhibits, posing with the various animal replicas, reading various tidbits of information listed at the exhibits, and clicking away at the large range of animals.

The highlights: the cable car ride over the zoo grounds, the penguins, the giraffes, the Sydney harbour views, the turtles being "friendly with one another," monkeying around with the various animal replicas, masks, etc.

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