After spending five months in Africa, including safaris at some of the top game parks and reserves like Kruger National Park in South Africa, the Masai Mara in Kenya and Etosha National Park in Namibia, it’s hard to get excited about seeing animals in an enclosure.

But what got us pumped up about visiting Dubbo Zoo was two things; one, you can self-drive or cycle within the zoo grounds, and secondly, we were staying overnight within the zoo compounds at the Dubbo Zoofari Lodge.

Was it worth it? In this guide, we’ll share all about our experience visiting Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo and whether or not it’s worth visiting…

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo Experience in Dubbo

It’s home to hundreds of animals from around the world and is known for its 6km circuit that meanders through natural bushland and around large open style exhibits.

I remember feeling thrilled as a child to be so close to these animals who were not trapped behind bars and roaming freely amongst large open spaces. Taronga also has a sister zoo in Sydney called the Taronga Zoo Sydney, which offers a similar experience!

We drove the 6km one-way circuit stopping briefly along the way to come face-to-face with wildlife from around the world. The animals were friendly folk, and happy to pose for photos. Here are some of the animals we saw…

Animals at Western Plains Dubbo Zoo

The first animals we encountered were giraffes. They have a total of 21 giraffes at Dubbo Zoo, which are split between two herds, or towers as they’re collectively known in the animal kingdom.

We also saw rhinos. Dubbo Zoo is home to a herd of Black Rhinos, as well as the Southern White Rhinoceros, which are endangered in the wild and almost threatened to extinction.

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