Taronga Zoo

in full  Taronga Zoological Park 

      zoo located in Taronga Park, Sydney, N.S.W., Austl. One of the outstanding zoos in Australia, Taronga Zoo opened to the public in 1884 in an area outside Sydney known as Billy Goat Swamp. Then known as the Moore Park Zoo, it was run by the Zoological Society of New South Wales. When the zoo opened, its collection included 228 mammals, 552 birds, and 64 reptiles. By 1912 the original site was no longer adequate, and the state government made a grant of land in Taronga Park, north of Sydney Harbour. The new zoo, comprising some 52 acres (21 hectares), opened in 1916; most of the animals from the old zoo had to travel to their new home via barge up the Pacific coast. The zoo has since expanded and now occupies 70 acres (28 hectares).

      At its Taronga Park location, the zoo added a giraffe house in 1923, an aquarium in 1927, Tahr Mountain in 1932, and tiger pits in 1939. Initially operated by the Zoological Society of New South Wales (founded 1879), the zoo in 1973 fell under the auspices of the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales.

      Because of Australia's strict import restrictions, Taronga Zoo's collection of 4,000 specimens of more than 700 species consists mainly of native wildlife. The zoo has had success breeding the extremely rare mountain pygmy possum, the koala, the brush-tailed bettong, and the parma wallaby. Its bird collection is extensive, and the rainforest aviary, opened in 1972, exhibits the rarely seen lyrebird, along with bowerbirds, honeyeaters, and fruit pigeons. The zoo also possesses most of the species of parrots native to Australia and has the distinction of having bred the New Zealand kiwi.

      In 1977 the Zoological Parks Board opened a drive-through park, the Western Plains Zoo, near Dubbo, about 300 miles (480 km) from Sydney. This zoo exhibits large marsupials, herds of ungulates, large flightless birds, and waterfowl.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Taronga Zoo — Infobox zoo zoo name=Taronga Zoo logo=Taronga Zoo Logo.jpg|150px logo width=150px logo caption=Taronga Zoo Logo image width= image caption= date opened= date closed= location=Sydney, New South Wales, AUS area=21 hectares coordinates=coor… …   Wikipedia

  • Taronga Zoo ferry services, Sydney — Public transport infrastructure in Sydney logo= name=Taronga Zoo transport mode=Ferry services line owner=Sydney Ferries operation area=Mosman, Sydney fleet names=Lady wharves number=2 operator names=Sydney FerriesTaronga Zoo ferry services… …   Wikipedia

  • Zoo Friends — provides assistance to Sydney s Taronga Zoo and Dubbo s Western Plains Zoo as a not for profit organisation. Over two million dollars were raised in 2005 in support of the Zoos and conservation and education strategies. In 2006, the total… …   Wikipedia

  • Taronga — is a 1986 young adult s science fiction post apocalyptic novel written by Australian author Victor Kelleher. The story revolves around the catastrophic disaster that destroys the Earth as we know it and it’s impact of Australia in the Southern… …   Wikipedia

  • Taronga Western Plains Zoo — Infobox zoo zoo name=Taronga Western Plains Zoo logo=Taronga Western Plains Zoo Logo.png logo width=150px logo caption=Taronga Western Plains Zoo Logo image width= image caption= date opened=28 February 1977 date closed= location=Dubbo, New South …   Wikipedia

  • Zoo de Taronga — 33°50′36″S 151°14′28″E / 33.84333, 151.24111 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Zoo — A zoological garden, shortened to zoo, is an institution in which living animals are exhibited in captivity. In addition to their status as tourist attractions and recreational facilities, modern zoos may engage in captive breeding programs,… …   Wikipedia

  • Zoo garden — Parc zoologique Pour les articles homonymes, voir Zoo. Les girafes au zoo Taronga, à Sydney. Un parc zoologique, ou jardin zoologique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Auckland Zoo — Infobox zoo zoo name = Auckland Zoo logo=Logo Auckland Zoo.jpg logo width=175px logo caption=Auckland Zoo s Logo image caption = This is the entrance to the Zoo on Motions Road. date opened = 17 December 1922 location = Western Springs, Auckland …   Wikipedia

  • The Zoo (TV series) — Infobox Television show name = The Zoo genre = Reality creator = developer = presenter = starring = voices = narrated = Melissa Doyle theme music composer = opentheme = endtheme = country = AUS language = num seasons = num episodes = 7 list… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.