Sydney, get excited about a whole new zoo opening.
The massive 36 million dollar zoo which has just been given its final approval, plans to be built in the Western Sydney area. It boasts an ‘exotic and native animal conservation’ sanctuary.
The zoo will be on 16 hectare of land next to the Bungarribee Park, just off the Great Western Highway.
The unique zoo will be completely cage free, the animals can be viewed from a suspended walkway. The zoo will feature 30 exhibitions, an underwater glass viewing area for crocs and hippos.
Our visitors will enjoy a range of native Australian and exotic animals. pic.twitter.com/fiVxmuQbjw— Sydney Zoo (@TheSydneyZoo) October 8, 2015
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Zoo is its Indigenous heritage program, that will focus on the local Darug peoples of Western Sydney. Managing Director Jake Burgess explains:
“This will promote awareness and an affinity with animals, improving our educational outcomes and increasing the willingness of people to value and protect”
“No other zoo in Australia offers an embedded Aboriginal heritage program of this kind. “
The new behemoth zoo is estimated to attract around 745, 000 people annually and add 45 million dollars straight back into Sydney’s economy.
Sydney Zoo will feature underwater glass viewing areas to observe hippopotamus, crocodiles and other aquatic life. pic.twitter.com/F92DqCbScL— Sydney Zoo (@TheSydneyZoo) October 1, 2015
The Deputy Mayor of Blacktown Tony Beasdale explained to the ABC:
"This kind of activity, this kind of decision is going to go a long way for us in terms of tourism [and] job creation," he said.
"[There will be] 300 jobs [and]we are so, so happy about that one. It will be a massive expansion of western Sydney, particularly in Blacktown, so it shows that people are putting their money where the entertainment is going to be."
The new zoo is expected to be completed by 2018.
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