Taronga Zoo Sydney is one of the leading zoos in the world and a must visit attraction when you come to Sydney. With over 4,000 animals in its care, animal lovers can definitely get their fix of adorable exotic and native Australian wildlife here.
Situated in Mosman, the waterfront location comes with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House from the world class exhibits or during a ride on the Sky Safari Cable Car. To make your day at the zoo run smoothly we’ve put together this guide to Taronga Zoo answering some frequently asked questions about what you might expect when you visit the famous zoo.
9.30am to 4.30pm every day of the year including Christmas Day.
How to get to Taronga Zoo Sydney?
Taronga Zoo is located at Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman and its waterfront location boasts spectacular harbour front views as you wander around the zoo.
By Boat: You can combine your Taronga Zoo entry with a ferry pass and arrive at the zoo in style with ferries departing from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour every 45 minutes. When you arrive you’ll even get to ride the Sky Safari cable car from the wharf to the zoo with spectacular views of Sydney Harbour.
By Bus: The M30 Metro bus travels from Central, Town Hall and Wynyard train stations to Taronga Zoo every 15 minutes.
By Car: All day parking is available at Taronga Zoo with entry from Bradleys Head Road. A flat rate fee of $18* applies.
What animals are at Taronga Zoo?
Taronga Zoo currently has over 4,000 Australian and exotic animals in its care. You can meet some of these animals at Taronga Zoo wandering through their interactive enclosures or sit down for their daily shows and keeper talks. Among the exotic animals that you’ll find at Taronga Zoo are the Sumatran Tigers, Asian Elephants, Chimpanzees, Giraffes, Meerkats and the Gorillas.
If you’re a fan of marine life then you catch the graceful Seals and Penguins during a keeper talk. The fan favourite animals of Taronga Zoo without a doubt are the iconic Red Kangaroos and Koalas. Come along and meet the kangaroos and wallabies at the Australian walkabout section of the zoo.
Taronga Zoo is also home for Sun Bears, Regent Honeyeaters and Southern Corroboree Frogs. In fact, Taronga Zoo is directly involved in breeding programs helping protect the Regent Honeyeaters and Southern Corroboree Frogs- both of which are critically endangered species.
Can you cuddle a Koala at Taronga Zoo?
Special Koala encounters are available at Taronga Zoo taking you into the animal exhibit with zookeepers for a private talk. You’ll learn some unique facts about the endangered marsupials and get to have your photo taken beside these furry creatures. Unfortunately, guests are not permitted to touch or hold the Koalas but the encounter will get you as close as possible to these adorable animals.
Currently, Taronga Zoo holds two sessions a day at 11 am and 2.45pm and guest will receive a complimentary photo of their time with the Koalas. This experience attracts an additional fee and is not included in Taronga Zoo general admission tickets.
Taronga Zoo Daily Shows and Keeper Talks
Included with Taronga Zoo tickets are some fascinating daily shows presented by the animal keepers. Learn about all your favourite Aussie animals and get up close to exotic wildlife from across the globe during keeper talks at Taronga Zoo’s world class animal exhibits.
Free Flight Bird Show
12pm and 3pm
Arrive early to grab a seat to the Free Flight Bird Show at Taronga Zoo. The majestic Andean Condor will be here showing off their incredible 3 metre wingspan. You’ll also learn about some other exotic birds such as the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and Galah.
The Free Flight Bird draws the crowds and if you are one of those people to have a fear of birds, you may just walk away with a whole new appreciation for birdlife.
11am and 2pm daily
You may be surprised to discover that Taronga Zoo has a couple of cheeky seals. Come along to watch the Australian sea lion, Californian sea lion and New Zealand fur seal display some of their natural behaviours. The keepers will make the playful animals work for their fishy treats so that you can see them dive, climb and catch their feed just as they would in the wild.
Asian Elephant Keeper Talk
Who doesn’t love an Elephant? The gentle giants are on display all day but if you really want to discover more about the herd of Elephants at the zoo including their latest calf Jai Dee then you won’t want to miss this keeper talk at Taronga Zoo.
For a bird’s eye view of the animals head upstairs for the Elephant Tower Experience. No bookings are required though you’ll find that the tower is only open twice a day so be sure to double check the opening times when you visit Taronga Zoo.
Giraffe Keeper Talk
The Giraffes at Taronga Zoo are a beautiful sight to see and oddly enough they don’t look out of place here, even with the Sydney Harbour skyline in the background. Hands down, the Giraffes have the most picturesque area within the zoo which is good because they have great eyesight and can see up to 2km into the distance.
The Giraffe Talk will give you a small taste of Africa and keepers will explain why these animals are so unique to the animal ecosystem.
Meerkat Keeper Talk
The Meerkats are some of the most energetic and lively animals within Taronga Zoo and there is a whole family of them living right here. During feeding times, watch on as a keeper shares some interesting facts with you about these curious creatures.
Gorilla Keeper Talk
The Gorillas exhibit is my personal favourite and if you can time it right then come during the Gorilla Keeper Talk. Watching the Gorillas bonding with their babies is reminiscent of their human counterparts and the keeper talks really make your visit to the exhibit far richer with a bit of commentary.
Chimpanzee Keeper Talk
Come along to see the Chimpanzee’s chow down on their lunch alongside their babies.
Penguin Keeper Talk
Penguins at Taronga Zoo? Yes, you read that correctly. Taronga Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital cares for many sick or injured Penguins that are found washed up on Australian beaches. Those animals that cannot be rehabilitated end up becoming a permanent resident of Taronga Zoo where they receive the best of care and ongoing medical treatment.
Reptile Keeper Talk
All things creepy crawly are on display here. If you dare then you may even like to pat some of the reptiles under the watchful eye of the keepers.
Come meet some typical farm animals including Alpacas, Goats, Sheep and Chickens. On weekends, children can join an interactive farm animal walk. The pat a pet morning session at 10.30am is also great for inquisitive young ones who can learn about rabbits, guinea pigs and other petite pets.
Koala Keeper Talk
Koalas are Australia’s most famous animal so this keeper talk tends to attract a lot of people. Arrive early if you want to learn more about the gorgeous endangered marsupials. However, if you do happen to miss out on visiting during the keeper talk you’ll be able to view and take photos of cuddly Koalas at any time of day.
Spider Keeper Talk
3pm daily (week days)
Arachnophobes may want to give this one a miss… or if you are feeling brave… come along and confront your fears. From Funnel-Web Spiders to Redbacks and the Huntsmen the informative talk by the keepers will answer any questions that you have about spiders.
Komodo Dragon Keeper Talk
11am Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays
Komodo Dragons are surprisingly fierce animals despite their size and you’ll discover why during the keeper talks.
Meet the Bird Keepers
From 1.30pm Various locations
If birds are what you came to Taronga Zoo to see then you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Taronga Zoo is the perfect day out for the whole family bringing you up close to some of the world’s most fascinating animals in a beautiful setting on the Sydney Harbour. Get your Taronga Zoo tickets here through Experience Oz.