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“okay but not worlds best!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo
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$35.69*
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Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Mosman
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Taking a ferry directly from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo, located in the suburb of Mosman, is the first unexpected joy of visiting the animal park. Once there, the leisurely trails and opportunity to see some of Australia's distinct wildlife become apparent, as does the striking view of the Harbour Bridge from the seating at the aerial bird show. Advance booking can give you the chance to see koalas up close, or stay overnight and 'camp' in the zoo.
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“okay but not worlds best!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2003

Taronga is a good zoo, but it certainly isn't the best in the world ( I don't even think its the best in Australia, that title should go to Melbourne Zoo). It does have the best veiws in Sydney being carved into a rocky hillside, but this location actually works against it at times.
The natural cliff faces work well attractive backdrops to the enclosure but severly restrict the design and depth to the exhibits. It really is just a very green and attractive Hagenbeck-style zoo with the animals randomly placed throught the park. It does have a resonable animal collection (but again Melbourne's is much bigger) and has alot of potential. I reccomend going back and visiting in about ten years when the Parks masterplan has been completed. In the meantime if you wasnt to stroll through interactive, submersive thematic exhibits like an African or Asian rainforest, touch an elephant going for a walk or actually learn about conservation visit Melbourne Zoo (sorry I know this sounds like a big Melbourne plug but it really is a much better zoo). Taronga, get your head out of the sand!

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“One of the worst experiences of my life”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2003

About 15 years ago, I went to the Sydney Zoo featuring an enclosed area holding two families of Gorillas. I witnessed a male from one family grab an infant from the other family and repeatedly smash its head against a tree to kill it. I complained to the head office of the zoo and they were very condescending. They said that the apes would do the same thing in their natural environment. Since the Sydney Zoo took them out of their natural environment and put them in a caged area, I think the Sydney Zoo has the duty to protect them from harm. Its been over 15 years but I will never forget my experience with the Sydney Zoo.

Benjamin Spector New York, NY

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“isiting Taronga Zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2002

The best Zoo in Australia, but I am biased as a Volunteer there.

Your best value is to take a Gold Tour and be taken round by a Volunteer to see and touch the Australian Animals and be told all about them.

Your concierge at the Hotel can arrange this for you.

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