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Afford makes every day and every activity an opportunity for individuals to learn and participate in new life experiences. For 50 lucky Afford clients, a VIP visit to the new Sydney Zoo in Sydney’s West is an outing they will remember for a long time to come.

All Abilities Zoo Experience

Sydney Zoo has just opened and offers a truly unique African safari experience. Importantly for members of the Afford community, Sydney Zoo has focussed on making it an inclusive experience for all.

Our clients with diverse abilities and needs were able to enjoy all that the zoo had to offer via wheelchair friendly raised boardwalks. There were also ample hands-on activities so that everyone can get up close to some of their favourite creature friends, such as insects and reptiles.

The zoo is home to the country’s largest reptile and nocturnal house — with 60 different species, including the world’s most venomous snakes, ghost bats and giant grasshoppers — and an aquarium with fish and penguins.

Around 2,000 animals are on display at Sydney Zoo, including lions, cheetahs, African painted dogs, hyenas, spider monkeys, tigers, zebras, chimpanzees, baboons and more. There are even our beloved Aussie wombats, echidnas, dingos, emus, koalas, Tasmanian devils and kangaroos to view and adore.

Fun and Educational Outings

Sydney Zoo has a focus on conservation, participating in education and breeding programs for endangered animals. As part of the education program Afford clients were treated to a Bungarribee Dreaming experience, learning about local Aboriginal history and having their faces painted with traditional paint.

But of course, the meerkats were the fun for the day, as they played ‘peek-a-boo’ through the glass of their enclosure, which was right next to the restaurant where our Affordians were having lunch.

After a long day of walking and animal adventures, everyone had an amazing day and headed home dreaming about their next wild adventure to the Sydney Zoo!

Find out more about Afford Day Programs and community outings that offer new life experiences.