Before I list the reasons why Ryan and I like Taronga Zoo, I wanted to say a few things first. As a child, I have always had mixed feelings about existence of Zoos around the world. I always believed wild animals should roam free. I always believed wild animals should not be taken from their natural habitat. And I always believed putting them in a cage is, well, animal cruelty. However, in the last 30 plus years I visited many Zoos around the world and realized that holding animals captive is never so black and white. I get that in an ideal world, all wild animals SHOULD roam free, but we don’t live in an ideal world. We live in the world where many wild animals face extinction and wouldn’t survive in their natural habitat due to either other wild animals or the wildest animal of all – human. We live in the world where luckily there are places like Taronga Zoo that continually work on breeding programs for many threatened wild animals, some that are already extinct in the wild and actually only exist in zoos. And we live in the world where there are places like Taronga Zoo that continually work on improving their animals’ living conditions, and all due to help from people like you and me who can see beyond black and white.
Taronga Zoo is by far Ryan’s favourite fun place to go to.
Ryan loves is because: he loves animals and could talk about them for hours on end. It has animals from all over the world that he would not otherwise see. It’s big which means we’ll spend few hours there. It has a great reptile enclosure, and he’s currently obsesssd with reptiles. It currently has a baby elephant. It has gondolas. Duh.
I love it because: it’s beautiful. It’s educational. It’s safe. It’s large and means spending few hours with a happy kid. It’s not too bad for a pram although there are some inclines which feel like Mt Everest after few hours 🙂 it has parents rooms and although food is good, they don’t mind you bringing your own (huge for us, parents of a fussy eater). Annual pass is reasonably priced and you get 2 free child ones with adult purchase. It has gondolas. Mad.