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Wildlife Retreat reopens as Taronga roars back to life after COVID-19

Visitors to Taronga Zoo can once again sleep within snoring distance of wallabies, koalas and echidnas as the Wildlife Retreat lodge reopens in time for the spring school holidays.

Taronga Zoo’s chief executive Cameron Kerr said the eco-retreat, which features 62 rooms in five lodges and wildlife habitat, would enable “genuine connections” between guests and animals and influence attitudes towards conservation.

Mick and Rachael Bruzzese, with their children Cassius and Paola, at Taronga's Wildlife Retreat.

Mick and Rachael Bruzzese, with their children Cassius and Paola, at Taronga’s Wildlife Retreat.Credit:James Brickwood

“We believe that all of us have a responsibility to protect the world’s precious wildlife, not just in our lifetimes, but for generations into the future,” he said. “And one of the most effective ways we can do this is to delight and inspire lasting connections between people and wildlife.”

With border closures limiting travel options, the zoo is offering a family staycation package that includes an afternoon tour of The Sanctuary – a habitat populated with wallabies, echidna, koalas and other Australian wildlife. The family escape package also offers an after-dark tour with a Taronga guide.

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