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Taronga zoo at sunset
Taronga zoo at sunset
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Taronga Zoo roar n snore

Thursday, December 19, 2002
What goes bump in the night? Spend the night in the zoo along with the animals and you'll have your answer!

Just as some of the animals and birds are turning in for the night, the nocturnals' alarms are going off, making Taronga Zoo a great place to be at night.

In what must be the world's best zoo location, overlooking Sydney Harbour, you can spend the night roaring and snoring with the critters. It's a little like being on African safari without the long flight.

Roar 'n' Snore kicks off at dusk. A group of 10 to 25 people arrive with their sleeping bags, mattresses, pillows, warm clothing, cameras and sunscreen for the next day. Tents are set up on the grass, some near kangaroos which are let out at night, some near friendly croaking frogs and you choose which one you want.

Once everyone is settled you enjoy drinks and cheese as you watch the sun set and the city begin to light up as your guides prepare you for the tour of a lifetime. They share their best stories, lead you through the walk and bring out the appropriate animals for a hands-on meet and greet.

The path you take at night is lit by low lighting and torches. On the 1½ hour walk you will see snow leopards, lions, Sumatran tigers, red pandas and Tasmanian devils.

When you return to the Education Centre your barbecue dinner is being cooked and you eat under cover.

After dinner you go to the holding yard and get close to frogs, lizards, snakes, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, possums and birds. This is a good time to take photographs.

Bedtime is between 10 and 11 pm and it is a good idea to get as much sleep as you can considering animal noises do begin early.

At 7am you have a breakfast of cereal, toast, fresh fruit and juice. At 7.30am, your tour starts and this time you see giraffes and elephants and keepers preparing food for the animals, a process which takes almost the entire day.

By 8.45am you will have finished the official tour, but the good news is you can spend as much more time as you want at the zoo, and enjoy unlimited rides on the sky safari.

Location

Mosman, a northern suburb of Sydney Harbour.

Cost

Taronga Roar’n’Snore overnight stays cost $120 for adults and $88 for children. Your tent and all meals are included. There is a six months’ waiting list for Friday and Saturday nights.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Roar 'n' Snore
Taronga Zoo Education Centre
PO Box 20 , Mosman 2088
Ph: (02) 9978 4791
Fax: (02) 9978 4508
kwinter@zoo.nsw.gov.au

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