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Taronga Zoo
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Giraffes in Taronga Zoo. The Sydney skyline is in the background.
Date opened 7 October 1916
Location Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Land area 21 hectares (52 acres)
Coordinates 33°50′36″S 151°14′28″E / 33.84333°S 151.24111°E / -33.84333; 151.24111Coordinates: 33°50′36″S 151°14′28″E / 33.84333°S 151.24111°E / -33.84333; 151.24111
Number of animals 2,600
Number of species 340
Memberships Zoo and Aquarium Association
Website www.zoo.nsw.gov.au

Taronga Zoo is a zoo in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is on the shores of Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Mosman. It was officially opened on 7 October 1916. The zoo covers about 21 hectares (52 acres). It holds over 2,600 animals of 340 species. There is a larger, sister zoo in Dubbo, the Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

The zoo is divided into eight geographic regions of the world. The largest section is for Australian wildlife. It also has several aviaries, and an aquarium section for seals and penguins.

Taronga is an Aboriginal word which means "beautiful view".

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