Hot on the tail of the Luna Park revamp announcement, iconic Taronga Zoo is set to receive a million-dollar makeover with emphasis on some spectacular updates to the Australia Precinct.
The $16 million revamp of one of Taronga Zoo’s most popular native animal enclosures is one step closer with the NSW Government giving the project the green light, paving the way for a conservation and visitation boost.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said significant upgrade works to the Australia Precinct would include; a canopy walk from which to view koalas, extensions to the kangaroo and wallaby “walkthrough experience”, underwater viewing of the platypus and improvements to the nocturnal exhibition.
“Taronga Zoo is one of Australia’s most iconic tourist destinations and this revamp will place greater emphasis on some of our nation’s most iconic animals,” Mr Stokes said.
“This development will inject $16 million into the State’s economy and create more than 800 construction jobs while helping to make Taronga Zoo a more attractive tourist destination.”
Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean said Taronga Zoo has been an important part of Sydney Harbour’s landscape and NSW’s critical conservation work since 1916.
“The Australia Precinct at Taronga is home to some of our Aussie icons including the koala, platypus and bilby,” Mr Kean said.
“The project will see new life breathed into parts of the precinct that are more than 30 years old, improving the visitor experience and encouraging more people to get out and learn about the conservation of our iconic Aussie animals.”
Member for North Shore Felicity Wilson said the zoo is one of the most popular public spaces in NSW and this funding is great news for the local community and visitors alike.
“Our community is so proud to have Taronga Zoo in our local area and a revitalised Australia Precinct means greater focus on giving visitors the opportunity to interact with animals that are unique to Australia,” Ms Wilson said.
Works on the precinct upgrade are set to kick-off in the coming months, with the project expected to be completed by 2023.
IN OTHER TARONGA NEWS: A CHEEKY CHIMP WAS FOUND OUTSIDE THE CAGE!!
Taronga Zoo released this statement last week:
Taronga Zoo Sydney can confirm this morning at 5.47am a Taronga contractor observed a Chimpanzee calmly sitting just beyond the perimeter of the Chimpanzee exhibit.
The Taronga Zoo emergency response unit was activated immediately however no intervention was required as the Chimp made its own way back into the exhibit only minutes after being observed. The chimp is safe and well and is being monitored by our specialist keepers and vets.
Taronga has strict safety protocols in place for such an incident. All people on site were immediately directed to enter secure areas until the situation was resolved.
Emergency services were not required.
The Zoo remains open today however Taronga’s Chimp troop will remain off display until a full investigation has been completed.
Taronga is pleased to report that all people and animals, including the adventurous chimp, are all safe.
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