Taronga Zoo will open between 9.30am and close at 4.30 pm from June 1 until August 31.
Detailed research has found that thousands of daily visitors arrive later and leave earlier in the cooler weather, usually with fewer than 100 general visitors entering the Zoo before 9.30 am year round.
The new opening times will enable the Zoo to restructure its daily routine as keepers and support staff feed and check the 3500 animals at Taronga as they clean and prepare the Zoo’s 28 hectare site.
The slightly later opening time will also help the Zoo address rising costs and minimise disruption to visitors from minor development and maintenance work such as tree-lopping and deliveries.
In Summer, the new seasonal opening hours will be from 9.30 am until 5pm from 01 September to 31 May. All the zoo’s keeper talks and presentations are unaffected by the adjustment.
The Zoo is a not for profit organisation.