Taronga Zoo is 100 – and its visitors get the presents

Help celebrate 100 years of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo by visiting the animals on your own birthday – for only $1.

Taronga Park Zoo, as it was then known, officially opened on October 7, 1916. Over the past century, the zoo has changed from cages and elephant rides to leafy exhibits and conservation programs.

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To help celebrate Taronga’s first 100 years, everyone is invited to spend their birthday at the zoo with the entry fee for the birthday girl or guy only $1.

Taronga’s chief executive Cameron Kerr says the special ticket offer is a way for the zoo to thank its supporters.

“We want to say thank you to the amazing public that has supported our wildlife conservation work for the past 100 years,” he tells 9 News.

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This year Taronga launches its legacy for the future and for the wild, with the zoo dedicating the next 100 years to the conservation of 10 critical species. Five are native to Australia, including the platypus and the bilby, and five are on the brink of extinction in Sumatra.

To take advantage of the $1 birthday ticket offer, people must register on the zoo’s website. Children under the age of four years always receive free entry.

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