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Home to more than 4,000 animals on the edge of Sydney harbour.

The Taronga Park Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals from Australia and all over the world in the beautiful surrounds of a peninsula reaching out into Sydney Harbour.

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By Miguel Mendez from Malahide, Ireland (Taronga Zoo) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
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By Phil Whitehouse from London, United Kingdom (Taronga Zoo) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
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By Miguel Mendez from Malahide, Ireland (Taronga Zoo) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
Taronga Zoo entrance
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Dedicated to the conservation, education about and preservation of animals under its care

Opening in 1916 on the current 28 hectare site, the zoo emphasizes scientific conservation, education and preservation of the animals under its care. In addition to its displays, it has an animal hospital and runs conservation and breeding programs.

The zoos more than 4,000 animals include a wide range of Australian animals plus animals found in Africa, Asia, the Great Southern Oceans and Americas. 

Taronga Zoo - arriving by ferry
Maurice van Creij [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

The zoo can also be accessed via the Sydney Harbour Ferry 

Views from the gondola lift make the zoo a spectacular experience 

The zoo has a gondola lift that gives great views of the entire zoo and Sydney Harbour and “Wild Ropes,” a high rope course in the Taronga bushland surrounds.  You can also spend the night and camp out in safari style tents as part of a special two day tour of the zoo.

The zoo incorporates the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, which is set out in an open range design.

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By Phil Whitehouse from London, United Kingdom (Taronga Zoo) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
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By Miguel Mendez from Malahide, Ireland (Taronga Zoo) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons