Wild Life Sydney
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Wild Life Sydney Zoo (formerly Sydney Wildlife World) is a wildlife park in the Darling Harbour precinct, on the western edge of the Sydney central business district, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Opened in September 2006, the zoo is located adjacent to a leisure and retail precinct that includes the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Sydney.
In May 2006, Sydney Aquarium Pty Ltd announced plans to expand the existing aquarium site, in order to incorporate a wildlife park. Following this announcement, and after the acquisition of the tourist attractions at Sydney Tower and of Manly Oceanarium, Sydney Aquarium Pty Ltd changed its name to
The park changed its name to Wild Life Sydney Zoo (trademarked as Wild Life Sydney) and re-opened on 13 September 2011.
The attraction won the Award for the best family-focused tourism at The Australian's 2007 Travel and Tourism Awards.
Construction began in November 2004 on the site, and was completed in August 2006. Wild Life Sydney is unusual for a zoo or wildlife park in that the public areas are almost entirely enclosed and air-conditioned. The A$52 million development features a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) walkway which snakes through 7,000 square metres (75,000 sq ft) of enclosures.
The upper level exhibits are open-air, enclosed only by a large stainless steel mesh roof structure supported by curved beams, which were designed to look like the ribs of the rainbow serpent of Aboriginal myth when viewed from above. This open-air feature has enabled the exhibits to be landscaped naturally with live plants, including full-sized trees. The largest exhibit is the 800-square-metre (8,600 sq ft) semi-arid habitat of kangaroo walkabout, featuring 250 tonnes (280 short tons) of red sand trucked in from central Australia and full-sized bottle trees. This habitat houses Kangaroo Island kangaroos, echidnas, a quokka and koalas.
Wild Life Sydney Zoo is divided into ten zones, containing the following exhibits:
Tricky Tongues and Treehouse
- Boyd's forest dragon
- Broad-shelled river turtle
- Eastern water dragon
- Goodfellow's tree-kangaroo
- Merten's water monitor
- Northern long-necked turtle
- Scrub python
- Short-beaked echidna
- White-lipped tree frog
- Bare-nosed wombat
- Chestnut-eared finch
- Red-browed finch
- Spencer's goanna
- Yellow-footed rock wallaby
- Banded rainbowfish
- Central bearded dragon
- Central netted dragon
- Crimson-spotted rainbowfish
- Dwarf bearded dragon
- Freshwater crocodile
- Frill-neck lizard
- Olive python
- Pig-nosed turtle
- Red-collared lorikeet
- Seven-spot archerfish
- Shingleback lizard
Koala Rooftop (including Koala Rooftop Cafe)
Wild Life Sydney offers a range of experiences for their guests. These experiences include breakfast with the koalas, which entails an early morning guided tour around the zoo before a buffet breakfast with the koalas as well as a photo taken with a koala. Koala photos are also available throughout the day.
Additionally, the zoo offers a behind the scenes guided tour. Private dining experiences are also available.
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- Media related to Wild Life Sydneyat Wikimedia Commons
- Official website