The classic Taronga shot

So cliché, but I took it anyway.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 27th December 2008, This photo: 12:31pm


  • [ Kane ] said:
    Love it Dave! so well balanced.... and I have not been here so all new to me ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kane :) Yeah I'd never been there before either, so it was new to me also. However, everyone takes this shot - not that there's anything wrong with that. ;-)
  • MΛЯK said:
    Nice one. At least it was a clear (ish) day.
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    As a segway from your seal shot, giraffe's have the largest hearts of any land animal, and they have a complex pressure-regulation system in the neck which prevents excess blood flow to the brain when a giraffe lowers its head to drink so that it doesn't faint. Also, to combat the pressure on the lower limbs, giraffe legs are surrounded by a very tight sheath of thick skin which acts like a pilot's g-suit.
    Fascinating and beautiful creatures and a nice clichéd shot. :)
  • -Bennie- said:
    Cliché yes, great shot YES!!
    Mate, the girls and I went to taronga zoo four days ago!! I've got a similiar shot except with the mountain goats! LOL
  • Debbie from Brisbane said:
    Cliche maybe, but a still a great shot! I went there and I didn't take that shot (actually I didnt take any shots, my camera was broken). Did your kids get to feed the giraffes?
  • leadegroot said:
    @Debbie - ha! he wouldn't know! He and Johnno had a photographer's day, while I dragged around the tribe of children my family and I have accumulated.
    (No, they didn't feed the giraffes)
  • David de Groot said:
    clear-ISH is a definite - i.e. not very clear at all, well by Brisbane standards anyway, maybe it was clear by Sydney standards ;-)
    Aren't you the font of Giraffe knowledge! :P Pretty interesting creatures though - massively long prehensile tongues.
    The goats (although I think they were called something else), were quite happy to be photographed, but I didn't get anything fantastic from them. We covered a fair whack of the zoo, but not all of it.
    I don't think the kidlets fed the Giraffes. Johnno and I took off and left the kids to Lea and the relos ;-)
    Must have been odd being at a zoo without a working camera!
  • accesser said:
    Wow nice, I think I'm going to have to go there, How is public transport in Sydney ? Can you get to most places if you where to fly to syd and stay for a few days then just get public transport everywhere
  • David de Groot said:
    In theory, yes, you can get most places with public transport. In practice... well lets just say we drove most places. Caught the ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga though.
  • leadegroot said:
    Ah, but Dave, we were staying in Western Sydney - its a long way from there to anywhere interesting :)
    Yes! The suburban train system connects to the airports (domestic, anyway - I assume international as well) and from there you can reach many, many areas of the city.
    Ignoring that minor 'somewhere to stay' detail, you can fly to Sydney, get a train to Circular Quay (go to Central and change) then get a ferry across the beautiful harbour to the zoo.
    Easy ;)
  • accesser said:
    Thanks guys, I think I'll book something this year, We seem to have tones of holidays at the start of the year I should make use of them
  • looby88 said:
    I was going to comment on this yesterday, but after all that info from Bluewave I needed to go and lie down.......
    great photo, cliched or not, I like giraffes, they have enormous tongues and eyelashes- I know cos one wrapped its tongue around my wrist.
    Many moons ago, in Longleat ( which is a safari park ) you could walk amongst the giraffe herd, now of course with good old health and safety rules - you cant. Having said that one kick from a giraffe can kill a lion, so I suppose people would easily depart this life !
    I have seen footage though of people deciding to have a picnic in the drive through lion enclosure.... puts a whole different meaning on "do not feed the animals.
    Lea, nice that you were left with your own touring zoo....
  • David de Groot said:
    Hmmm, some might argue that anyone stupid enough to picnic in the drive-through lion enclosure deserve everything that's coming to them.
  • looby88 said:
    Well you could.... but then I dont think that would wash, the law being an ass and all that, theres a pretty awful comic song about "Alfie ( who ) got ate by a lion"
    I think feeding people to the lions as a spectator sport went out with the Romans, though with some folks today, I think it could be a fitting end... !!!
  • David de Groot said:
    No, I think I'll stand by my statement. If someone is stupid enough to get out of there car in a lion enclosure, they deserve to be eaten.
  • leadegroot said:
    I remember going through the Lion park in a bus as a child, and being absolutely terrified that a lion, who had jumped up on top of the bus, would come through the plastic roof.
  • yinyang said:
    funnily enough I was just telling someone here in KL that the best view of Sydney is from Taronga Zoo!
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed, the animals there seem to have some prime real-estate.