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Sydney Taronga Zoo

brief history ...

Sydney Taronga Zoo - Koala
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
In 1862 Sydney's first zoo was opened within the Sydney Royal Botanic Garden and remained there until 1883, when most of it was transferred to Moore Park. By 1908 Moore Park Zoo had become too small and on April 24th, 1912 the NSW Government granted 21 hectares of land which were part of Ashton Park.

Taronga Zoo was officially opened on October 7th, 1916.

After 1967 the accent was put on research and education. Today, many companies have become sponsors of Taronga Zoo helping financing research projects and different sections from Taronga Zoo.

Taronga Zoo it is worth visiting especially considering that Australia has a unique fauna and many of the displays can not be viewed in other parts of the world.

Trivia: Taronga is an Aboriginal word meaning beautiful view.

tourist information ...

Sydney Taronga Zoo - Giraffe
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
How to get there
From Wynyard Station by bus or from Circular Quay by ferry. The buses are clearly labeled Taronga Zoo. For location see the following map.

The all-inclusive Taronga Zoopass is available for the independent traveller from Circular Quay. For more information on public transport to Taronga Zoo, go to www.131500.com.au or call 13-15-00.

Contact details:
Bradleys Head Rd
Mosman NSW 2088
Ph: + 61 2 9978 4782
Web site: Sydney Taronga Zoo

Hours of Operation:
Taronga Zoo is open each day.

For more details please see Sydney Taronga Zoo web site.
26 Octomber
1616 - Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog is the first European explorer to reach Western Australia.

1985 - The Mutitjulu people of central Australia were given freehold title to Uluru and the surrounding National Park.
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