Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. From 1884 there was a zoo at Billy Goat Swamp in Moore Park. In 1908 the zoo secretary, Albert Sherbourne Le Souef, after a visit to Europe and seeing how the Hamburg zoo operated, came back and redeveloped the zoo where it is now in Mosman, after it was realised that the Billy goat Swamp site was too small. Initially the government of the day gave 43 acres (17 ha), with an additional 9 acres (3.6 ha) were added in 1916.

The Taronga Zoo is home to over 2,600 animals of 340 species. It is divided into eight distinct - zoogeographic - exhibits, each focussing on a different region of the world. Only a tiny selection of the animals at the zoo are shown here. I will be adding more as pics become available.

Taronga is an Aboriginal word meaning beautiful view