We returned to the zoo today to see some of the animals we missed on Friday and also to listen to the live music being played around the central area. Although it was a weekend, the zoo still wasn’t very busy, and we took our time driving around and meandering down the footpaths to the animal enclosures that interested us.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is an large-exhibit zoo with a 5-kilometre circuit and multiple small carparks on the side of the road.

Watching the otter, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
We appreciate the schedule that the zoo offers for all its keeper talks, as it means we get to see the animals — like this otter — being fed.

Oriental small-clawed otter, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
The oriental small-clawed otter is one this zoo's most active creatures and puts on a good show for us as it tries to coax more food from the keeper.

Siamangs, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
Today we also stop to visit the apes and monkeys, and when noting the siamangs' calls, Brioni decides it's spelled "Melip".

Camel, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
As we drive around today, I take final requests from the girls to make sure we get to the specific animals they're interested in. Calista wants to see a camel, and although we didn't find one in its sign-posted exhibit, we do locate one with the elephants.

Elephant crate, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
We inspect the crate which was used to transport an African elephant to its new home at Dubbo.

Turtles in the water at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
The girls are just as interested by the turtles swimming in the lake by the café as they are by the animals in the enclosures.

Turtles in the water at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
We laugh at the sight of this turtle with fuzzy green hair.

Ring-tailed lemur, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
The ring-tailed lemurs play on their island near the café. Brioni in particular wanted to watch the lemurs, and we scheduled our visit to coincide with the keeper's talk.

Double Shot Duo playing as part of Zoo Grooves, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
Rick and Carlo of Double Shot Duo are playing at the zoo today as part of the Zoo Grooves Spring Sessions where music is offered in the publicly-accessible area of the zoo.

Zoo Grooves, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
Families are sitting in the courtyards and picnicking on the grass, enjoying the mild, sunny day and the music.

Girls playing around the statue at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW, October 2013
I really love listening to the girls as they discuss the characteristics of the sculpture that add to or subtract from its life-likeness!

That’s it for us in Dubbo! We may get to visit some of the zoos around Melbourne next month, as the girls have started talking about the animals that they still would like to see. Again, if you’re travelling around Australia or know someone who is, an annual zoo membership is an excellent gift for the whole family.