Saturday, April 12, 2008

A Perfect Day in Sydney Australia



I've been to Australia almost 30 times. I've been to Sydney at least 20 times, and had never before been to the Taronga Zoo. My thinking was this: I've been to many zoos, and would rather see animals in the wild. However, I forget that zoos have an important educational mission; they also care for the health of animals, and in some cases, they actually help keep certain animals from extinction. So, that said, , I arranged a private visit to the zoo with one of the zoo-keepers. This is actually a tour that I can arrange for my clients, and so I decided to experience it to determine if it's worth doing.

In a word: Youbetcha! Amazing experience. She took me into various animal enclosures, beginning with the Koala enclosure. Koalas in New South Wales suffer from 4 diseases caused by the chlamydia organism: conjunctivitis which can cause blindness, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and reproductive tract infections, which can cause female infertility. While the diseases won't manifest if the Koalas have unlimited resources, the reality is that their habitat has been severely compromised, and so their numbers have been affected drastically.

We went into the Australian Nocturnal Habitat - the keeper took me into various enclosures (which caused a bit of surprise for other visitors to the zoo. No, I am not a new kind of Australian Nocturnal Animal! I promise. Don't throw food at me, really!) Then we went into the kitchen where they prepare all kinds of foods for a majority of the animals - from live food (creepy crawly insect kind of thingies) to frozen mice and rats to chopped fruits and vegies - all in very sanitary conditions.

The experience was fun, and highly educational. I've decided that I am going to send all my clients on a back-stage visit to the zoo! It was amazing.

6 comments:

Dusty said...

I would love to have that kind of tour at the San Diego Zoo, my hometown zoo.

It drives me insane how humans have not only driven many species to extinction but also introduced so damn many diseases to these species that they have very little chance of fending off.

But thanks for the post..I did enjoy it ;)

The Future Was Yesterday said...

"I've been to Australia almost 30 times. I've been to Sydney at least 20 times"
I've been to the store at least 20 times, probably this month alone.:) I love zoo's, but only if the animals have a LOT of room, where they can hide from my prying eyes if they wish. I agree with you. Nothing will ever beat plain ole nature.

DivaJood said...

Hi Dusty. I believe they do have this sort of tour at the San Diego Zoo - it's a World Class zoo, and I am almost certain they do have this.

Hi Future. Don't forget, I'm a travel agent and I specialize in Australia - so it is essential that I go there a lot. As for the zoo thing - Taronga is exactly what zoos are supposed to be. It focuses on education, health, and habitat. So much animal habitat has been lost that in many cases, zoos become the only way for animals to exist. Large enclosures, huge animal hospital - it is a great experience.

enigma4ever said...

oh sooooo wonderful...thank you

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