I generally tend to review places which i have really enjoyed to encourage others to have the same experience and also not to waste my own time. Howver this experience was so rubbish that i jist could not stop myself from expending this effort.
We decided to treat our daughter ron her birthday to Taronga Zoo. She was so excited about it . Her checklist was :
1. Touch a koala
2. See Joey in Mummy Kangaroos pocket.
3. Feed Gerald Giraffe( courtesy Peppa Pig)
4. See a duck billed platypus (PP again)
5. See wombat in the cave
They dont allow you to touch a koala. There were only 3 male kangaroos with no joey in thr australian walkabout. The only platypus ( in ehat is billed as platypus world) couldnt be seen. No wombat could ve seen drspite waiting an hour next to its enclosure. Half the zoo is closed for renovation (although we continue to be charged full price). One of the zoo staff misguided us that you dont have to pay for feed a giraffe. When we realised it was a paid experience, it was too late as apparently it was full for the day. We explained the situation and begged with the person there to let our daughter just feed a carrot and not even post a photo and that we are ready to pay for just that. She was actually very rude. It was possible to have refused in a more sensitive way. There are actually mich much larger and frequent eating zones than animal enclosures( The main food zone is atleast 4 times the australian walkway(. So the focus is more on taking your money than providing an animal experience. Seriously the unnecessary introduction to seeing the single tiger and the props to go with it and to think your entrance money goes into all of these makes me shudder. There are hardly 1 or 2 animals of each type advertised.
The good things - The views of the CBD skyline are amazing and the seal show ( though overcrowded) is good.
If you want a real Australian animal experience, i personally would recommend you head west to Featherdale where you would get 3 times the experience at half the price.
All in all if you want to get the feeling of donating 100 bucks to charity you should probably spend a day at the place. I hope the ATO is listening and would provide me a tax rebate to get some gain from a wasted day. 1 star is because Trip Advisor wouldnt let me give zero and the amazing views of the cbd.
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