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Toranga Zoo

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Everyone we spoke with mentioned we should visit the Toranga Zoo. The tour guide on the ferry boat over even said it was one of the worlds top 10 zoos. All in all, I wasn't impressed. Maybe it was the time of year or something but the exhibits, while nicely done, had very few animals. Some didn't have any at all. There seemed to be more than a few empty exhibits.

The ride to the top via the cable cars affords a great view of downtown Sydney across the harbor.

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The shows preformed during the day helped to make up for the dissapointing exhibits. The wild bird show was really good. They had a couple of eagles as well as a dozen or so other birds that performed in an open theatre that overlooked downtown Sydney. Very cool.

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There were a couple of exhibits that stood out.

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In particular, the giraffes. Like them or not these three were very funny to watch. For an added fee, there always seems to be another way to charge you for something else, you can get your photo taken feeding different animals. As we happened by the giraffes there was a small line of folks waiting to feed the giraffes. As we watched one giraffe in particular went out of his way to get noticed. He was sticking his tongue out and trying to snatch snacks from his mates. It was fun to watch him.

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The gorillas also made for a good visit. As two youngers ones played they actually crashed into each other with an audible clunk when their heads meet in midair.

After a nice day at the zoo we took the ferry over to the Darling Harbor for dinner. We stopped at a place called Jordens and enjoyed a great meal. A bit expensive but worth it. I recommend the baramundi.

Posted by garciamag 01:15 Archived in Australia Tagged tourist_sites

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