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    The Kangaroos of Taronga Zoo

    Even if Sydney Wildlife World, a local zoo in Sydney, is just beside Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour, Tutubi didn't bother to enter the animal facility due to his plan of taking the ferry the following day in Circular Quay to get to Taronga Zoo across the harbour.

    There were many reasons why he decided to visit Taronga Zoo: numerous unique Australian wildlife like kangaroos, koalas, emus, tasmanian devils, wombats, platypuses in open living quarters (even the numerous venomous snakes of Australia) simulating natural habitats and not in cramped cages, but the most compelling of them all is probably the most famous symbol of Australia found even on the country's national emblem-- the kangaroo.

    Photos of Kangaroos in Taronga Zoo:

    kangaroo taronga zoothis kangaroo stopped eating carrots and posed for Tutubi
    red kangaroo taronga zooa red kangaroo (sign says it's a tree kangaroo since it can climb trees)
    kangaroo taronga zooa kangaroo couple looked back at Tutubi for a photo-op
    kangaroo taronga zookangaroo in "attack formation" about 3 meters from Tutubi
    kangaroo taronga zooanother couple inside the "walk-in" kangaroo enclosure of Taronga Zoo

    It's just too bad that Tutubi wasn't able to actually see and photograph a mother kangaroo with a joey in her pocket, probably because Taronga Zookeepers nurture young joeys elsewhere instead of letting kangaroo moms rear them.

    Kangaroo Trivia:

    Young kangaroos are called Joey (that's why Tutubi sometimes call his friend Joey a kangaroo :)

    A group of kangaroos is called a mob (when you're "attacked" by a group of kangaroos, you're most likely "mobbed.")

    Kangaroos, like wallabies, belong to a group of mammals called marsupials distinguished by the females equipped with a pouch, called marsupium, in which they carry their young.

    The smaller types of kangaroos are called wallabies

    The word Kangaroo came from the aborigine word that means "I don't know." This came about when English explorers asked aborigines about the name of the bizarre animal standing on two legs with a pouch for babies. Since the aborigine didn't understand what the white men were asking, they simply replied "kangaroo."

    Should you ask questions that Tutubi doesn't know the answer to, like the evolution of the kangaroo, expect him to reply: kangaroo!

    Related Posts on Sydney, Australia:
    Crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Sydney Opera House,
    Luminous Festival: Sydney Opera House in Colour!

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 11:59 PM,


    At Aug 12, 2009, 9:02:00 AM, Blogger The Nomadic Pinoy said...

    I heard there are people in Australia who actually enjoy eating kangaroo meat. That's quite sad when you think of this animal as their country's most popular symbol (found even in their national emblem as you pointed out).

    At Aug 12, 2009, 12:15:00 PM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Wow, some very good photo's of these kangoos!
    I guess you must have been able to get nice and close to them or you had a good lens and a clear view.

    At Aug 13, 2009, 2:11:00 PM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    They are a cute bunch. I think I've seen one in the zoo.

    At Aug 13, 2009, 9:59:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    the nomadic pinoy, yeah heard about those kangaroo meat eaters, probably the same as the carabao-meat eaters here

    pieterbie, got close to them, sometimes too close for comfort. i'm using a nikkor 18-200 lens. i lust for the nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR though

    photo cache, if only i can take them home like the cuddly koalas :P

    At Aug 19, 2009, 10:32:00 PM, Anonymous freeze said...

    wow! tutubi, ang ganda ng pics mo!

    At Aug 19, 2009, 11:00:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    freeze, got too close to those kangaroo jacks that's why aided by clouds that diffused the light that day perfect for kangaroo portraits


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