Viewing the animals from such a new perspective feels like visiting a completely different zoo. It’s true that in the past I’ve been impressed by the Tahr mountain goats’ climbing agility – skipping with unnerving aplomb from ledge to ledge around their mountain rock – but when you’re actually ‘up there’ in their world, on a level with them, it’s truly amazing to see their behaviours at close hand. It made me realise that I’m guilty of seeing what I expect to see, and not really looking outside the normal range of vision at Taronga… I’d never before noticed the cosy cavern near the summit of Tahr Mountain.
As I neared the bottom of the path, I was also lucky enough to see some of some of Taronga’s more reclusive residents – the Snow Leopards; in fact they’re so well camouflaged that I was almost upon them before I realised. Sabu and Kamala were reclining on the elevated rocks at the back of their exhibit, as they like to do during the day, but for the first time, I was approaching them from above, and it was wonderful to witness them at such close quarters in their element. To think that a Snow Leopard can jump 15m (around the equivalent of a two-storey house) in one bound up or down a mountain – and there I was alongside them!
I think visitors are going to enjoy experiencing these majestic Himalayan creatures from the animals’ own thrilling vantage point.
The Western Distribution Link opened on 15 August.
By Media Relations Assistant, Lorraine