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ROAR! Taronga.

my favorite oz destination as a four year old, relived

sunny 20 °C

According to my mom, I visited the Taronga Zoo THREE times as a youngster. In fact, my earliest childhood memory is of petting the kangaroos; I distinctly remember the feel of their backbone under my little hand. What was the big deal with this place? I had to find out, so today Paddy and I hopped on the ferry and cruised across the harbor to visit the animals. The day was beautiful: sunny, not too chilly, and so clear you could see straight across the water to the city's north.

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After taking a gondola up to the entrance from the ferry dock, we grabbed a map and made our way towards the "Wild Australian" area to check out the wombat, platypus, snakes, lizards, birds, and of course, the 'roos and koalas (which, amazingly enough, don't thrill me the way they used to. Perhaps I've gotten used to these silly creatures after living a year in their country.) Paddy used to watch a lot of animal documentaries when he was a kid, so he acted as my tour guide, sharing many interesting (and some not so much) facts about the differences between Asian and African elephants (round head/small ears, square head/big ears), why snow leopards have small ears (to conserve warmth, apparently) and how far red kangaroos can travel in a single jump (seven meters! But the longest distance ever recorded is 12.5 meters) Plus he was much better at navigating with the map as we weaved a twisted path around the Australian, African and Asian animal enclosures.

The zoo was much nicer than San Francisco's, where the gloomy Sunset District weather makes the animals always look depressed (I don't blame them.) And the location was unbeatable! A picture is worth a thousand words, and these pretty much sum up a wordy description:

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We were just heading over to see the hippo when, out of the blue, MY CAMERA STOPPED WORKING. Just stopped. I tried to turn it on, and it made this horrible grinding sound when the lens moved, and the screen shouted "LENS ERROR" in red. Well, obviously.

Since I'm leaving for Melbourne on Thursday, this is going to present a serious problem if the camera store can't fix it...ahhhhh!

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Posted by Alykat 07:30 Archived in Australia Tagged tourist_sites

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Hey Allie girl, sorry took so long for me to respond to all of your e-mails. I just love all of the photo's you've sent. I've enjoyed reading about your adventures.
Love Aunt Pam

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