Last year, Taronga Zoo celebrated a hundred years of wildlife conservation, fun, and magical encounters with animals at a place that boasts one of the best harbour views in Sydney.
As part of its centenary celebration, the zoo offered a birthday gift to everybody—granting $1 entry to visitors who came to Taronga on their special day.
The promotion was wildly popular, with more than 50,000 registering for their birthday voucher.
A view of the Sky Safari at Taronga.
PHOTO COURTESY PAUL FAHY, TARONGA ZOO
Now the fun continues in 2017, as Taronga Zoo has extended the birthday gift offer. All you have to do is register for a voucher on their website, and show ID proof of your birthday when you arrive. You also get a special “it’s my birthday” badge to wear during your zoo visit.
“It’s our way of saying thank you to the amazing public that continues to support our wildlife conservation work,” said Taronga’s CEO, Cameron Kerr.
If you drop by the zoo sometime soon, there’s a chance to spot six adorable meerkat pups, causing high-speed havoc at their enclosure twice a day. Taronga also recently welcomed two koala joeys, who have started coming out of their mums’ pouches during the warmer months.
“Taronga is not for profit and every zoo ticket, even your $1 entry, helps us to ensure a brighter future for wildlife,” says Kerr.
Every dollar will go towards conservation efforts aimed at protecting ten critical species from Australia and Sumatra. This international conservation project was kickstarted last year as part of Taronga’s centenary and includes such iconic animals as the platypus, greater bilby, Sumatran tiger and pangolin, amongst others.
The greater bilby is extinct in NSW, and endangered across its native range.
PHOTO BY RICK STEVENS
Speaking of tigers, right now Taronga is working on its brand new Sumatran tiger experience. Meanwhile, the big cats are currently settled at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, waiting for the bigger and better tiger exhibit to open in Sydney later this year.
Header image: Koala mum Willow and her baby daughter, photographed at Taronga in December 2016. PHOTO COURTESY PAUL FAHY, TARONGA ZOO.