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By Samantha Teague
June 11, 2020

Sydney Zoo

Sydney's first new major zoo in 100 years.
By Samantha Teague
June 11, 2020

Sydney Zoo is currently only open from Friday–Sunday, and every day during the school holidays. Before you head in, it's suggested you book a ticket online.

First the first time in 100 years, Sydney has a major new zoo. First announced back in 2015, Sydney Zoo, which is located in the city's west in Bungarribee, near the Great Western Highway, finally launched in December 2019.

With more than 2000 animals, Sydney Zoo is home to lions, cheetahs, African painted dogs, hyenas, spider monkeys, tigers, zebras, 11 chimpanzees and 13 baboons (almost every Lion King star), as well as Aussie wombats, echidnas, dingos, emus, koalas, Tasmanian devils and kangaroos. You can check out all these animals from pram and wheelchair-friendly raised boardwalks, too.

It doesn't stop there either, with the zoo also home to the country's largest reptile and nocturnal house — with 60 different species, including the world's most venomous snakes, ghost bats and giant grasshoppers — and an aquarium with fish and penguins.

As most zoos do, Sydney Zoo also has a focus on conservation, participating in education and breedings programs for endangered animals. Ir also worka with the local Darug people to offer Bungarribee Dreaming experiences, where you can learn about local Aboriginal history.

Tickets to the Sydney Zoo are $46 for adults (and $99.99 for a family of four). You can also sign up for annual memberships, which get you unlimited zoo access, discounts on food and free parking.

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