National Zoo and Aquarium

National Zoo & Aquarium, Canberra, Australian Tourist Commission

This modern zoo, with naturalistic enclosures rather than cages, has a strong commitment to breeding endangered species and conservation. Animals range from the big cats to bears, otters and monkeys. Wander through the aquarium to see colourful marine life in the Great Barrier Reef exhibit and visit the shark-filled Predators of the Deep exhibit. Special tours include handfeeding the big cats and bears, meeting a cheetah and going on a ZooVenture. (These tours can cost significantly more than general admission, but include all-day zoo entry.) Scrivener Dam, Lady Denman Dr, Yarralumla; (02) 6287 8400; open 10am–5pm daily.

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Shunning cages in favour of naturalistic enclosures, this wonderful zoo is committed to breeding endangered species.

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