The List: Item 153. The Taronga Zoo, Sydney.
Ticked off The List: November 9, 2014
I love Koalas more than any other animal, and nearly more than some humans. It was with great giddiness that I was able to take in all the koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and even hold one! Four years ago I went to Taronga Zoo with high hopes that I would able to hold a koala, but alas it is illegal to do so in NSW. It was also pouring rain, so that trip to the zoo wasn’t the best.
However, I’ve always loved the zoo so it was on our list for a return visit and we headed off this past Sunday on a beautiful day. We actually purchased annual passes so we can visit often (and with the cost of a single visit, three trips and we’d more than make back our money). Personally I think annual passes is the way to go as there’s several keeper talks and the zoo is extensive. We were there for four hours and saw a few keeper talks but missed more than half, and four hours in the Australian sun was more than enough so we’ll be back another day.
We really enjoyed the zoo, there was lots to learn and many interesting animals to see. The animals all looked in good health and well care for, however it was still disconcerting to see the large animals in captivity. Having been on safari in Kenya on a reserve where the animals has acres upon acres of land, it was conflicting to see them have so little space at the zoo. I can only hope that they have extra grounds to move when the zoo isn’t open*. On the other hand, many of the animals are endangered species who are hunted by poachers in the wild, or for example the elephants who were once performing animals for tourists in Thailand so they are probably safer and treated better in the zoo. We choose to support the Taronga Zoo because we believe that it supports animal conservation as that for people and children to visit the animals reminds them that there is wildlife that needs to be preserved and saved. Not everybody may feel the same, but we’re comfortable with our decision.
Please enjoy the photos of all the amazing animals!
*I assume this is true simply because the keeper said they have 25 koalas and I only saw three! Where are the koalas?! More koalas.