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Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo is a zoological park which was established in Mosman on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour in the early part of the 20th century. Its longevity is a fortunate accident, for had the land with its sweeping views of Sydney Harbour been available today, it would doubtless have been redeveloped as an unending sea of apartments by those paying money under the table to get access to it. Fortunately even as rotten a government as we have at the moment wouldn't be able to get away with that considering how widely loved Taronga is, although the patronage levels are less than ideal. It's one of those places that most people love the idea of, even though they rarely go there.

In its early days it was, like many zoos, more in the nature of a "carnival with strange animals". These days, again like many zoos, its emphasis has swung toward conservation, research and education.

The latter part of this gallery contains shots from a single visit in May 2010. I had wanted to return within 12 months but didn't make it back in that time. The earlier images in the gallery will be from a trip in January 2012.
20374 Taking To The Trees
20374 Taking To The Trees
20384 A Rare Sighting
20384 A Rare Sighting
20415 Quokka Concealment
20415 Quokka Concealment
20420 An Unlikely Duo
20420 An Unlikely Duo
20426 Grey In The Frame
20426 Grey In The Frame
20436 Tense
20436 Tense
20439 So it's like I was telling you yesterday...
20439 "So it's like I was telling you yesterday..."
20440 Hey, are you even listening to me???
20440 "Hey, are you even listening to me???"
20449 Quokka Revealment
20449 Quokka Revealment
20455 Koala Nap Time
20455 Koala Nap Time
20463 Spectator, Not Participant
20463 Spectator, Not Participant
20476 Let's Get It Orn!
20476 Let's Get It Orn!
20501 The Leaping Lemur
20501 The Leaping Lemur
20548 I'm Not Sure Why...
20548 "I'm Not Sure Why..."
20575 Maternal Instinct
20575 Maternal Instinct
20626 The Frozen Kiss Moment
20626 The Frozen Kiss Moment
20792 Another Moment Before The Decisive Moment
20792 Another Moment Before The Decisive Moment
5478 Feeding Time At The Zoo, Literally
5478 Feeding Time At The Zoo, Literally
5482 Munch
5482 Munch
5515 Chompin' In The Sky
5515 Chompin' In The Sky
5528 The Sea Of Snouts
5528 The Sea Of Snouts
5533 Chimp Chat
5533 Chimp Chat
5543 Ennui
5543 Ennui
5550 Through The Eyes Of The Hunter
5550 Through The Eyes Of The Hunter
5565 Table Manners
5565 Table Manners
5569 Barbary
5569 Barbary
5577 Nearly Invisible
5577 "Nearly Invisible"
5585 Hmpf
5585 Hmpf
5596 The Player
5596 The Player
5598 Ken's Companion
5598 Ken's Companion
5603 The Sampler
5603 The Sampler
5613 Not Dead Just Twitching
5613 Not Dead Just Twitching
5632 Why Yes, I AM Camera Shy...
5632 "Why Yes, I AM Camera Shy..."
5633 Old Man Emu
5633 Old Man Emu