Taronga Zoo

We had planned to visit the Sydney Zoo and it was a good choice.
There probably was a way to drive there but the popular way to go was by ferry across the Sydney Harbour.

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Upon arrival, we had to choose how to get up to the zoo entrance. A cable car sounded more fun than a bus, but who knew they’d be this tiny?!

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But, it was worth it. We focused our visit on the Australian animals, although there were also African animals and others (and a lot of animatronic dinosaurs scattered throughout the zoo, charming the many little children around).

But, back to the “locals”:

Wallabies

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This sign informed the humans to keep out of the animal area, but the animals were free to wander around and did.

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We had heard that Red Kangaroos could be dangerous but a zoo volunteer ( docent) said the females weren’t and they were the ones in this area. Which is good because they were really close!

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Someone else you could get up close to we’re the koalas. We could see them in the trees, but could also go into a special area to get REALLY close (it is against the law to touch them, which was really hard when you’re this close!)

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Someone you would not want to touch is a Tasmanian Devil, actually endangered now due to a face-deforming tumor virus. The zoo has begun a breeding program to try and save the species.

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When I saw there was a farm there, we had to look for sheep. Not many, but it’s a start!

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Of course, what’s a farm without chickens or “chooks” as they are called here. We liked the way they got their fresh food.

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And, like ours at home, they seem to want to lay all their eggs in one nest box!

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As in the States, the goats seem to be pretty clever (which is why we don’t have any on our farm!)

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Back across the Harbour and on to the next adventure!

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