Taronga Zoo

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Taronga Zoo
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Giraffes in Taronga Zoo. The Sydney skyline is in the background.
Date opened7 October 1916[1]
LocationBradleys Head Road, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Land area21 hectares (52 acres)[1]
Coordinates33°50′36″S 151°14′28″E / 33.84333°S 151.24111°E / -33.84333; 151.24111Coordinates: 33°50′36″S 151°14′28″E / 33.84333°S 151.24111°E / -33.84333; 151.24111
No. of animals2,600
No. of species340
MembershipsZoo and Aquarium Association[2]
Websitewww.zoo.nsw.gov.au

Taronga Zoo is a zoo in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is on the shores of Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Mosman. It was officially opened on 7 October 1916. The zoo covers about 21 hectares (52 acres). It holds over 2,600 animals of 340 species. There is a larger, sister zoo in Dubbo, the Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

The zoo is divided into eight geographic regions of the world. The largest section is for Australian wildlife. It also has several aviaries, and an aquarium section for seals and penguins.

The Taronga Zoo also helps endangered animals. In 2009, scientists brought some yellow-spotted tree frogs to the Taronga Zoo to breed. Then the last wild yellow-spotted tree frogs died. In 2018, the scientists took some of the frogs from the Taronga Zoo and put them in the wild.[3][4][5]

Taronga is an Aboriginal word which means "beautiful view".[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Taronga Zoo". zoo.nsw.gov.au. Taronga Conservation Society. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  2. "Zoo and Aquarium Association Institutional Members' Directory". zooaquarium.org.au. Zoo and Aquarium Association. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  3. Greg Miskelly (March 3, 2010). "'Extinct' frog species found alive after 30 years". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  4. "Yellow-spotted Tree Frog - profile". New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage. June 20, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  5. Nick Grimm (March 27, 2018). "Taronga Zoo releases colony of critically endangered bell frogs". Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  6. The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 181

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