Sydney Wild Life
This unique, award-winning zoo combines state-of-the-art design with stunning, authentic themes to recreate the iconic habitats of Australia.
With a wide variety of intimate indoor and expansive outdoor enclosures, including Koala Encounters on the rooftop and the huge Kangaroo Walkabout on the middle level, there is so, so much more than at first meets the eye.
|Australia is always one of the best places to see wildlife!
Welcome to Sydney WildLife Zoo!
The size and design of Sydney WildLife Zoo only tells half of the story. What makes it truly special is without doubt, the many incredible animals – over a thousand, in fact – that call Sydney WildLife Zoo their home.
Walk through iconic Australian habitats and encounter some of the most loved and feared animals. See the huge crocodile in Kakadu Gorge, kangaroos and wallabies in Kangaroo Walkabout & cuddly koalas in Gum Tree Valley and more!
Sydney WildLife Zoo features interactive displays, inspiring and entertaining daily shows, captivating daily feeding sessions and enhanced walk-through habitats including the Kangaroo Walkabout and Butterfly Tropics.
Visit Butterfly Tropics at Sydney WildLife Zoo and discover the vast range of animals living in this humid & very warm, tropical habitat!
Enter the Butterfly Tropics and there’s no telling who you might run into!
|Frogs in the Butterfly Tropics!
Discover Australia’s tropical Top End, with distinct wet and dry seasons, consistent 33C average temperature and enough sun and water to maintain lush greenery and billabongs all year round.
|This is where they’re allowed to roam freely. (Wondering about who’s being referred to…)
Be amazed at the diverse range of animals living in the carefully-created tropical habitat, butterflies flitting through lush ferns and palms to vividly colored pythons sunning themselves among the vines and slithering through the thick undergrowth.
And it wouldn’t be the Top End without some fresh water for the animals to take a break from the heat and humidity, so check out the waterhole home to turtles, fish, birds and frogs!
Butterflies are more than just beautiful insects. They are an important part of our ecosystem and help to pollinate plants and flowers just like bees.
Everyone loves butterflies, and it’s easy to see why (except for me, maybe?)!
Beautiful butterflies are more than just a pretty pair of wings. They play a crucial role in many ecosystems by spreading the pollen that plants and flowers use to breed. In fact, they are the second most important pollinator after bees! They adore eating nectar and come with their own drinking straw called a proboscis.
|Can you spot the butterfly?
Butterflies begin life as an egg clinging under a food source like a leaf, and this egg hatches into a hungry caterpillar who eats everything in sight. They then make a special shell called a cocoon, and through a process called metamorphosis emerges completely changed into beautiful butterflies.
GREEN TREE PYTHON
See the stunning snake from the Cape York peninsula – the Green Tree Python!
He loves spending his time resting on a tree branch do you think you could spot him?
The aptly named green tree python lives in the hot, humid conditions of northern Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The vivid green scales for which it is named – help to camouflage them among the lush foliage of their rainforest habitat.
Often found looped over a tree branch in a tight coil, they rest their wedge-shaped head right in the middle. A nocturnal species, they shelter in tree hollows by day, feeding upon small mammals and birds by night. To help them find prey in the dark, green tree python’s have heat-sensitive organs called thermo-sensory pits located on their lower lip.
Reaching a maximum length of six feet, the Green Tree Python starts life yellow – in Australia and brick-red – in Papua New Guinea; changing to their striking green color over a period of weeks as they mature
GUM TREE VALLEY
Visit the Gum Tree Valley at Sydney WildLife Zoo and not only discover the natural habitat of koalas, but also a huge variety of birds, snakes and lizards..
|The Lizards of Gum Tree Valley
Nothing says “Australia” like the distinctive eucalyptus smell of gum trees. You can find these amazing trees all along Australia’s East Coast, and , most of all – here in New South Wales. The famous Blue Mountains are named after them because of the bluish haze that come off the gum trees on hot days – and the same oil that makes this haze makes the delicious smell.
Gum tree forests like a cooler and drier environment, and are so thick they make lots of homes for a huge variety of birds including the kookaburra – you might even hear him laughing at you, because you can’t fly to the top of the tree like he can! And because gum trees drop lots of leaves and bark the forest floor has lots of places for goannas, lizards and snakes to hide.
But the versatile gum tree is more than just a home – cuddly koalas think they taste delicious too.
Koalas can only eat the leaves of special types of gum trees, but because the leaves aren’t very nutritious the lucky koala gets to cling to a branch and munch his favorite food all day long.
Find out more about the resident koalas at Sydney Wild Life Zoo – located at Darling Harbour, Sydney!
The cute koala is one of the world’s most recognizable animals. They love to lounge around all day eating eucalyptus leaves.
Koalas need special bacteria in their stomach to break down the tough leaves. They aren’t born with this bacteria so mum introduces it to the joey by producing a paste called ‘pap’ which the joey eats.
Despite its bearlike looks it’s not a bear at all. It’s called a marsupial, which means the koala gives birth to live young, but they’re still undeveloped and need to live in Mum’s pouch and drink as much milk as they can until they are big enough to start eating leaves.
Koalas have suffered major loss of habitat since European settlement, and some populations are in serious decline. Large scale clearing of eucalyptus forests as well as domestic dog attacks, feral animals, bush fires, disease and road accidents are all responsible for the decline of the species.
☠ SNAKES ☠
Hissss…Learn more about some of the snakes in the Gum Tree Valley area of Sydney WildLife Zoo!
Love them or hate them, snakes are certainly a part of the Australian environment. Australia is home to around 140 species of land snake, and of these, there’s more venomous than non-venomous snakes!
These snakes inhabit every part of the Australian continent, and these are shown throughout Sydney WildLife Zoo.
Gum Tree Valley showcases those snakes found along the temperate east coast of the country!
Come close to some of the most venomous snakes of the areas, including the beautiful tiger snake, slender brown snake and red-belly black snake.
|Snakes – as big as they get!
The tiger snake and brown snake rate in the top 10 most venomous snakes in the world, while the red-belly black snake is further down the list, and is quite a placid species.
Gum Tree Valley is also home to some incredible diamond pythons, non-venomous snakes who can be found in bush areas around Sydney.
Discover Wallaby Cliffs – Home to some of the toughest Australian animals!
The collection includes the hairy nosed wombat and yellow footed rock wallaby.
Take a hop back in time with Wallaby Cliffs!
Did you know that millions of years ago, Australia had its own majestic mountains, just like the ones in Europe? But time and the elements have slowly worn them into the jagged cliffs and grassy plains of what’s now called the Flinders Range in South Australia.
This diverse terrain with cold winters and warm summers is home to only the toughest, most well adapted Australian animals.
It doesn’t rain much and food can be scarce, so nimble yellow-footed rock wallabies use their tails for balance as they scamper along the escarpments looking for a meal, while the southern hairy-nosed wombat ambles around munching grasses and finding shelter down deep burrows!
SOUTHERN HAIRY NOSED WOMBAT
Wombats are the lovable layabout of the Aussie bush, and the southern hairy-nosed wombat, is no different!
This southern hairy-nosed wombat was hand raised at Sydney WildLife Zoo!
Named after Meg – after the lady who rescued her when her mother was hit by a car, Meg was hand-raised at Sydney WildLife Zoo and recently celebrated her 1st birthday.
Meg loves to go for an early morning run through the corridors of Sydney WildLife Zoo but as wombats can run at up to 40kms per hour, she’s ocassionally put on a harness, and the zoo does their best to keep up from there.
Meg shares her home with 5 Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies who, as their name suggests, clamber around the rocks.
Meg loves to follow the wallabies around, and has even been known to climb the rocky cliffs in the display.
Like all wombats, Meg likes to sleep, and can often be found sleeping in her burrow with her legs straight up in the air right up against the viewing glass.
On occasion, some of her wallaby room-mates can also be found snuggled up to Meg in her burrow – but only ’til she wakes up and chases them out!
YELLOW-FOOTED ROCK WALLABY
The yellow-footed Rock Wallaby have a lovely yellow or orange color and very distinctive ringed tail. There’s 6 of them at Sydney WildLife Zoo – come see them today!
(Sorry, this ain’t a yellow-footed rock wallaby & isn’t on display…!)
They may look like their larger cousins, the kangaroo, but yellow-footed rock wallabies are in a class of their own.
Standing an average of just a meter tall, their lovely orange or yellow color and distinctive ringed tail means they look right at home leaping nimbly around the rocks of Wallaby Cliffs.
|Too cute to be true!
Here at Sydney WildLife Zoo, 6 very cheeky wallabies shares their home with Sherman the southern hairy-nosed wombat.
The wallabies are fed grass pellets designed specifically for kangaroos and wallabies, as well as fresh branches and leaves, which are really good for their teeth and gums.
When the keepers need to clean, Sherman, the wombat, goes into a holding pen, and as a reward gets fed a treat of a cob of corn or a chunk of sweet potato… which the wallabies think looks delicious!
Every day, the wallabies try to steal Sherman’s food, and although he attempts to remind them of the correct pecking order, they are back to their thieving ways the next day!
|Wallaby / Wallabies??
The wallabies can be found among the rocks and cliffs of their home, often picking the sunny spots to relax in. Occasionally, a wallaby or two are spotted with Sherman in his burrow… but that generally ends in a chase when Sherman opens his eyes.
In the wild, the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby is listed as vulnerable to extinction due to habitat loss, predators and competition by introduced species.
Explore the Daintree Rainforest at Sydney WildLife Zoo!
With several layers of vegetation, home to loads of unique, beautiful and bizarre plants and animals.
|Southern Cassowary in it’s natural habitat
If you really want to get close to Australia’s animals, lose yourself in the wonderful replication of Queensland’s beautiful Daintree Rainforest!
Rainforests are the most ecologically diverse places on the planet. There are several layers of vegetation, home to loads of unique, beautiful and sometimes bizarre plants and animals.
The canopy is around 20-40 meters off the ground, and stops most of the sunlight from reaching the understory. Only about two percent of the light gets through all the layers to the rainforest floor.
☠ CASSOWARY ☠
Explore the Daintree Rainforest at Sydney WildLife Zoo, and come face to face with the World’s deadliest bird – the endangered southern cassowary.
The southern cassowary is a real beauty, with its sleek, black feathered body, bright blue neck, and deep red wattles. They are the third- largest bird in the world, behind their relatives the ostrich and the emu, with some specimens weighing up to 70 kilograms and towering up to 1.5 meters tall!
Here at Sydney WildLife Zoo, there is just one cassowary, affectionately named Princess.
Despite his rather girly name, he is actually a he……just a male cassowary whom happens to be very high maintenance!
Princess loves to have showers to cool down in the summer, however he doesn’t like to get his feet wet above his ankles!
Cassowaries are considered to be the world’s deadliest birds, with a razor sharp claw, and a huge casque on their head.
|A Cassowary in Sydney Wildlife Zoo
When the keepers go in to tend to Princess, they do so behind a cassowary shield. This can make doing work within the display tricky as multiple staff are required to carry the shield, keep an eye on Princess, and get the work done.
Despite all this effort, Princess never seems very impressed when the keepers make any changes to his home.
Princess is an impressive cassowary, with beautiful long eyelashes. Watching Princess explore the Daintree Rainforest display at Sydney WildLife Zoo will delight adults and children of all ages!
Is it a wallaby? Is it a kangaroo? Well no it is in fact a little red-legged pademelon!
These pair of pademelons can often be seen cuddling. Too cute!
|Pademelon in Sydney
The little red-legged pademelon is closely related to wallabies and kangaroos, and is one of the smallest of the macropod family. They are shy animals, often hard to spot hidden among the ground cover of the rainforest.
At Sydney WildLife Zoo, you can see two pademelons – Rockmelon and Watermelon – who share their home with Princess the Cassowary.
These two Pademelons are actually mother and daughter, with the younger one born right here in the Daintree Rainforest enclosure!
Pademelons are usually found alone, but they gather together when they are feeding, foraging on leaves, berries, grasses and fruit.
|*Stretches good morning, everyone….
Watermelon and Rockmelon are very close and can often be witnessed cuddling and grooming each other just inches from the viewing area.
|Pademelons are very adorable!
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