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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Komodo dragon
Komodo dragon

It hadn't been that long since I last visited Taronga Zoo, but with a two-year old nephew in tow, it was amazing how exciting and wonderful everything seemed again.

We visited on one of the busiest days during the Christmas break. The long hot summer day brought back memories of school excursions with activity sheets, and sticky bodies peeling off vinyl seats on the airless clamouring bus.

On this day however, we jostled with families, kids and plenty of prams. A lovely day out, and a chance to take photos that didn't involve food. Nothing I'd want to eat anyway.

lion
Lion

giraffe and Sydney Harbour Bridge
Giraffe snacks before the Sydney Harbour Bridge

giraffes
Giraffes admire the view

gorilla
Gorilla

gorilla

Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour Bridge with passing ferry

owl
Owl landing with the help of a young volunteer
during the Free Flight Bird Show


galah cockatoo
Galah cockatoo returns a two-dollar coin
during the Free Flight Bird Show


rosella
Rosella

elephant
Elephant

meerkat
Meerkat

tahr
Himalayan tahr

giraffe
Giraffe

giraffe neck
Now that's flexible

giraffe yawn
Are you feeling the yawn reflex too?

Taronga Zoo
Bradley's Head Road, Mosman, Sydney

To celebrate Taronga Zoo's 90th birthday, if you visit the zoo on your birthday you only pay 90c. Valid till 30 June 2007.
Conditions here

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 1/04/2007 11:59:00 pm


7 Comments:

  • At 1/05/2007 5:36 am, Anonymous Mary Sue said…

    Those two sightseeing giraffes for the win.

     
  • At 1/05/2007 8:28 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    GReat photos. I had no idea a giraffe could bect it's neck that way.

    I love their patterns. Would make a great throw rug (joke)

     
  • At 1/05/2007 9:05 am, Blogger Liz & Louka said…

    Isn't the bird show awesome? My mothers group went to the zoo recently with our 9-month-olds, and it was great, though the babies were often more interested in the wire of the cages than the animals :)

     
  • At 1/05/2007 10:12 am, Anonymous sue said…

    Those animals have a good view from their home. It must be expensive to live in there :)

     
  • At 1/05/2007 5:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the sightseeing giraffes are so cute..like2 lovers..haha ;)

     
  • At 1/05/2007 8:49 pm, Anonymous Ritu said…

    What camera do you use? The photos are excellent. Am not much of an expert, but looks like you have used the zoom feature and the clarity is great. The Taronga Zoo is such a fun place, we were there in October to celebrate my daughter's second birthday, and she just loved the monkeys!

     
  • At 1/07/2007 11:26 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Mary Sue - They were cute weren't they? The best view in the world.

    Hi Veruca Salt - I was surprised too (and envious!). The giraffes were so peaceful, and I love their markings too.

    Hi Liz & Louka - The bird show is my favourite, especially when you feel the rush of the birds swooping overhead. Going to the zoo with kids is fun altho' it's true often they're more interested in the strangest most mundane details.

    Hi Sue - They have to put up with gawking humans all day. I think they earn their keep!

    Hi Anon - The giraffes did look very cute.

    Hi Ritu - I used a Nikon D70s and yes I had a rather hefty 70-300mm zoom lens on it.

    The zoo is a perfect outing for kids big and small alike!

     

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