Magnificent Western Plains Zoo
The Western Plains Zoo was located in the city of Dubbo, about 400km from Sydney. The Western Plains Zoo felt more like a Nature Reserve than a zoo as it was a large open-range area spread over hundreds of hectares. The zoo was home to more than 1000 animals from all sides of the world, with plenty of space to wander within their display. The animals, many endangered species, can be seen in a natural setting. They had bikes and electric cars for hire to allowed you to enjoy the park´s 15 km of walking and cycle trails which wind in it´s scenic bushland landscape. They had picnic areas as well as barbecue areas. As we walked we could see many kangaroos and wallabies. The zoo also had a small shop that served hot and cold meals. [more]
Western Plains Zoo
Zoos can sometimes be places where you just feel sorry for the animals as they pace around their "modern" enclosures. But the Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales, Australia, was not one of those. It was, in fact, one of the best laid out zoos I have ever visited.
Western Plains Zoo is situated near the town of Dubbo, and was set up by Sydney's Taronga Zoo in the late 1970s to house some of the bigger animals, such as the plains dwelling animals and the grazing animals.
I was very much impressed by the way the zoo was set up, with the natural bush being divided into enclosures by waterways, with roads providing access for visitors.
Lions, zebras, giraffes, rhinos and many other species made up the more than 1000 animals I saw at the Western Plains Zoo, and made it a great day out. The entry price was $37 for adults and $18 for children. [more]