Curious Creatures Down Under

Sydney is home to a number of wildlife sanctuaries and aquariums.  We decided to visit the Taronga Zoo and Sydney Aquarium:  Taronga Zoo is hands down one of the best zoos I’ve ever visited and would love to go again.  As for the aquarium, luckily we decided to get cheap tickets toward closing time, as we left rather unimpressed with what it had to offer.  That said, I did fall in love with a dugong, which made the experience more worthwhile.

Prior to our trip to Oz, I did a Google image search for wombats and was a bit put off by its seemingly half-bear-half-pig-like appearance.  But essentially, the furry little creatures look more like oversized hamsters in real life and are absolutely adorable!

And since Monkey liked them so much we decided to purchase a mini-wombat as a souvenir.

I was tempted to pay the extra AUD$25 to learn more about koalas and take a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity with one but decided against it.  Aside from being quite cuddly creatures the koalas didn’t seem to do much but sit around, which made photographing them quite easy.

The hubby’s favourite, echidnas (also known as the Spiny Anteater) were interesting to observe as they poked about random feeding holes.  I decided to do a Google search on them after we returned home and was horrified by what I found (proceed at your own risk and search echidna+YouTube).

Emu have quite funny faces and if memory serves me right, we saw this silly bird wandering around the Taronga Zoo Walkabout with the kangas and wallabies.

As you may have read in a previous post, I had quite the feast at a restaurant in Cairns and started to feel a bit guilty as I came into such close proximity of the kangaroos and wallabies.

I apologised to the kangas (who were too gamey for my taste anyway)…

And vowed to never eat another wallaby again (though they were quite tender and tasty, like a fine cut of beef).

Parents with young children quickly scurried past this exhibit and we didn’t even see the little Tasmanian devil (boo).  Although I appreciate the educational value of the exhibit, I found it a bit morbid to have at a zoo.


6 thoughts on “Curious Creatures Down Under

  1. Great capture of the koala. Last time I was in an Aussie zoo (this past May), the koalas were so sleepy, you’d need to stand there all day to get a full frontal shot. They are so cute though!

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