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Taronga Western Plains Zoo

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Just outside Dubbo, the Taronga Western Plains Zoo is designed as open range to give the larger animals a more natural habitat and is a sister zoo of the Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

The 300 hectare zoo was opened in 1977 and is home to over 1000 animals and 97 species in 45 different major exhibits.

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The zoo displays many of the Australian plain animals such as kangaroos and wallabies, emus, dingoes and koalas, Tasmania devil and wedge tail eagles. 

Some of the more exotic animals that live at the zoo are black rhinoceros, Sumatran tigers, lions, cheetahs, elephants and giraffe.

There is also a children’s zoo featuring merkats, mallee fowl, wombats, doves, echidnas and blue tongue lizards.

The zoo is open every day from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

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Want to stay the night? The zoo offers the Zoofari Lodge as Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s premier overnight experience.  It is an intimate retreat comprising stunning Guest House, luxurious accommodation, cuisine and guided Zoo tours.

There are also bush camping at the zoo’s Billabong Camp or enjoy the local sleeping cabins at the Savannah Cabins close to the zoo.

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