Day 3: A Day at the Zoo

Trip Start May 03, 2012
Trip End May 13, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Obama family enjoyed a fun-filled day at Taronga Zoo, seeing native Australian animals as well as some other non-native ones. Malia and Sasha particularly liked seeing the very cute koalas, while the First Lady and the President preferred the wonderful bird show, which had magnificent views which overlooked the harbour. The family also enjoyed feeding the kangaroos before leaving to board a plane which would take them to their next destination; Cairns.

Fun Facts: Taronga Zoo
  • Taronga Zoo is home to over 2,600 animals!
  • Those 2,600 animals consist of 340 species, including a wide range of native Australian animals and non-native ones.
  • In 2003, Taronga Zoo became the second zoo in Australia and the world to successively breed the platypus.
  • In 2009, a male Asian elephant called Luk Chai was born, the first ever calf to be born in Australia.
  • The Taronga Conservation Society Australia manages the zoo and it's sister zoo Dubbo Western Plains Zoo which is located near Dubbo, NSW.
  • Taronga Zoo is divided into 8 zoogeographic locations and is spread over 21 hectares or 54 acres, making it one of the largest zoos of it's kind.
  • Taronga Zoo has been open since 1916 and has only ever closed twice.

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