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This Summer, the Dinosaurs are back at Taronga, and Zoo Adventurers will travel 365 million years into the past, in order to explore the crazy world of the Jurassic and Cretaceous, as our life size, animatronic dinosaurs move, chomp, spit and roar their way through the Zoo grounds. Through the brand new ‘Augmented Reality Experience’, these giant dinosaurs will be brought back to life!

Each dinosaur plays an ambassador role for a threatened species, and Zoo Adventurers will learn what action Taronga takes to help them and what they can do ‘For the Wild’, so that today’s threatened species don’t suffer the same fate as the dinosaurs.

Every day, you’ll experience action, adventure and excitement, as Zoo Adventurers come face-to-face with the dinosaurs, and you’ll also enjoy Zoo Favourites such as Sky Safari, ‘Meet a Keeper’ experiences, photo opportunities, animal encounters, crazy craft, educational activities, shows, talks and much, much more!

Be sure that your little Palaeontologist gets to experience the thrill of the dinosaurs these School Holidays, before they become extinct.

MONDAY 5/1/15

The Biggest Beasts!


Today we start our adventures with the giant herbivores of Taronga. We’ll meet Brachiosaurus, an 80 Tonne mega beast with a heart that weighed as much as one of our Asian Elephants! Eating a whopping 200kgs of food a day and swallowing rocks to help grind all the food,  a Brachiosaurus poop was the size of a small car, imagine cleaning that up! 

Sharing similar features to the Brachiosaurus are our largest living animals in the Zoo, Asian Elephants making them our focus animal for the day. We will also visit our tallest friends, the Giraffe and the Bird Show as well.

TUESDAY 6/1/15

Carnivorous Carnotaurus!


Let’s meet the great bulls of the Zoo today. Carnotaurus had arms even smaller than T-Rex but was one of the most powerful hunters of its time. With an axe like neck, blade like teeth, crazy skull crests and lightning speed they share similar features to our Australian Sea Lions, our focus animals today. Let’s explore Great Southern Oceans and visit our Seal Show to watch these amazing marine mammals in action today.  


Who’s the Boss?


Today we meet Pachyrhinosaurus, an herbivore related to Triceratops and Styracosaurus. Instead of horns, this 4 Tonne herd animal had bony pads on its head called “bosses” and smaller horns on its frill.  Like migrating animals today, Pachyrhinosaurus may have migrated annually to follow food and escape cold winters.

We will also visit the crazy Chimpanzees and see if we can work out who the boss of our Chimp group is! The Bird Show is a must see todayas well!     


Spiked and Dangerous!


Let’s continue with another relative of Triceratops, Styracosaurus.  With a massive horn over the nose and long spines extending from the neck frill, these herd animals had an awesome defence against predators and an amazing display to others of its kind. A sharp beak and teeth made short work of the cretaceous plants of the day.  

Let’s learn about one of the most popular horned animals today – the Rhinoceros. Although we would have to travel to Western Plains Zoo to see the actual Black Rhinoceros we can learn what Taronga is doing for the Black Rhinoceros today. Let’s also visit our Farmyard friends at Backyard to Bush and see the Seal Show too.

FRIDAY 9/1/15

Giant Jaws!




Today we meet the most perfect predator to have ever walked the Earth – T-Rex. The ‘Tyrant Lizard’ has a name well earned, as this massive carnivore was basically a walking mouth on legs with an arsenal to bring down almost any prey. Brandishing sixty dagger-like teeth in a reinforced skull these jaws had the strongest bite force of any other on the planet and at 14 metres long and a weight of 7 tonnes, not many animals would have dared to challenge this bruiser. Even those tiny little arms could have held an animal the same size and weight as a male lion! 

Sharing similar features to T-Rex, Tasmanian Devils will be our focus animal today. They are the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world and, for their size, have the strongest bite strength of any land animal on the planet! Let’s see our free flight birds in motion as well.

12TH – 16TH   JANUARY (WEEK 2)

MONDAY 12/1/15

 Protective Plates!


Let’s start our second week with a well-known favourite, Stegosaurus. With massive plates full of blood vessels running down its back, we can only imagine the colours that they could have been to ward off predators or attract a special mate! They may have even been used to regulate body temperature. Massive, swinging tail spikes were an awesome defence against carnivores such as Allosaurus.

Today we operate our robotic Stegosaurus and find out how animatronics work to bring our dinosaurs to life.  We will also visit the Lemurs and watch the Seal Show in a day full of fun!

TUESDAY 13/1/15

Our Fishy Friends!


 Today we explore the watery depths, looking for fish eating predators lurking below. Baryonyx had a head shaped like a Crocodile, perfectly made for a seafood diet. Massive claws like giant fishing hooks and conical teeth would have made Baryonyx a perfect predator of fish, as scales found in fossilised Baryonyx bellies have proven!

Our Saltwater Crocodiles share many similar features and have ancestors that were on Earth before dinosaurs even existed! We will visit the Crocs of Taronga, along with the Reptile House and be amazed by the Bird Show today.


The Fast and the Furious!


95 Million years ago Africa was much wetter than it is today, forming massive river systems that were homes to many different species. Today we meet one of the top predators of this ancient environment, Deltadromeus! This lightly built, long legged Carnivore was perfectly adapted with great speed and agility for chasing down the swiftest of prey. Since a skull has never been found we can only imagine what this slender predators head looked like based on related fossil evidence.   

Let’s learn about one of the fastest animals alive today – the Cheetah. Although we would have to travel to Western Plains Zoo to see the actual Cheetah we can learn what Taronga is doing for the Cheetah today. We will visit the Big Cats and carnivores of Taronga Zoo and see the Seal Show as well. A fast paced day for the most energetic adventurers!

THURSDAY 15/1/15

Crazy Crests!


Today let’s discover a very early carnivore found in Western North America in the early Jurassic period – Dilophosaurus. This ‘Two Ridged Reptile’ was considered a medium sized theropod but was still 6 metres long! Built for speed and agility, Dilophosaurus probably ate smaller animals including other dinosaurs and early fish with long, slender teeth perfect for plucking, tearing and slicing flesh. The strangest things about Dilophosaurus were the two tall crests found on the top of its head. The function and colour of these crests remains a mystery but may have been used for visual signalling like looking for a mate.

Carnaby’s Cockatoo shares a similar crest needed for communication and attracting a mate. Let’s visit the stars of the Bird Show today and learn what we can do to help our feathered friends. The Free Flight Bird Show is a perfect match for our theme animal today!

FRIDAY 16/1/15

Duckbilled Dinosaurs!



Let’s finish the week by testing our skills as little palaeontologists as we dig to discover a fossilized Hadrosaurus!  We will learn how and why fossils exist and how ancient worlds are reconstructed from these treasures. Some specimens are so beautifully preserved that we can see the finest details of feathers, fur and scales in these strange and wonderful creatures. We can make our own fossils to take home as well.

We will search the Wollemi today try see if we can find the elusive Platypus, a duckbilled monotreme as strange and wonderful as the Hadrosaurus. We can seek out the secret world of the Nocturnal House and visit the Seal Show for a day of discovery for all.


MONDAY 19/1/15

True Blue Aussies!


With a Face that only a mother could love, today we meet our very own Australian native dinosaur, Muttaburrasaurus. Named after the Queensland location where the first fossil was found by a farmer, this true blue Aussie was a strange looking herbivore with a prominent nasal crest and bulging nasal sacs that may have provided a keen sense of smell, or may have been used for amplifying sound and communicating. 

Our very own Koalas have huge noses that are very useful for finding the best food and will be our focus animal today. We will also be watching the birds in the Bird Show soar through the skies today.

TUESDAY 20/1/15

Crested Creatures!



By the time of the Cretaceous period, dinosaurs had become the most successful animal the world had ever seen and dinosaur adaptations had become bizarre. Simple dinosaurs built strictly for survival gave way to flamboyant displays of sails, crests, spikes, horns and feathers, as new dinosaurs dominated the period. Today we meet Armargasaurus, a bizarre animal with a fragile double row of spikes down the neck.  Did they rattle to ward off predators or support a colourful sail perhaps?

We will visit the Reptile House today and find the animal pair to Armargasaurus, the Fijian Crested Iguana and what we can do to help them in the wild. We will discover displays modern day reptiles use and why.  The Seal Show will also be amazing today.  


Feathers, Fur or Fins?


Today we will explore the ancient world of reptiles and how they adapted to inhabit land sea and air. From the deep, watery realms of the marine reptiles, to the soaring skies that belonged to the flying reptiles and the lands that the dinosaurs ruled, today we will discover how various adaptations have helped survival from the beginning of life itself. We have a fantastic journey today to discover how modern day reptiles have adapted to land, sea and sky.  We will also visit our carnivores today and explore the world of the winged ones at the Bird Show today.

THURSDAY 22/1/15

Survival of the fittest!


Being a parent can be difficult and being a baby can be dangerous, especially if you were a dinosaur! Today we look at the challenges that faced our baby dinosaurs during the Cretaceous when even a brute such as T-Rex was food for other predators as a young animal. We will learn how different species protected their babies, so they could grow up to become some of the most successful animals of all time! We will visit all the baby animals at our Backyard to Bush area and enjoy the antics of the Seal Show as well for an amazing Zoo Adventures day.

FRIDAY 23/1/15

Helmet Heads!


Let’s celebrate the feathered ones today to finish our summer season. We meet Citipati – The Lord of the Funeral Pyre. Although Citipati was a member of the Oviraptor or “egg thief” family, we now think fossils show these ancient bird imitators actually sitting on their own eggs, not stolen eggs at all. We will see the similarities of the helmet headed, feathered Citipati in its perfect animal pairing – the Southern Cassowary. The crest or ‘casque’ is prominent in Cassowaries today and remind us that dinosaurs still exist today!

Let’s learn how the Cassowary and the Daintree Rainforest co-exist and how one cannot survive without the other. The Bird Show is a Perfect match for a feathered day of fun for all!


Daily 9:00 am - 3:30 pm Until Friday 23rd January 2015
Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:00 to Friday, January 23, 2015 - 15:30
Zoo Adventures days @ $65 per day (9.00am - 3.30pm) Extended supervision @ $23 per day (8:00am - 5.30pm) Zoo Adventures t-shirt/s @ $13 each
Taronga Zoo
What to bring
Packed Lunch, Hat, Wet weather gear in case of rain, Sunscreen, Water Bottle