A $36 million “exotic and native animal conservation” sanctuary , in fact a new but different zoo, cage free, will be built on a 16.4 Ha block of land overlooking Bungarribee Park in Western Sydney, Australia.
The zoo would focus on animal welfare and the promotion of natural behaviors. “This will promote awareness and an affinity with animals, improving our educational outcomes and increasing the willingness of people to value and protect them. The zoo, to be built on the Great Western Highway near the junction of the M7 and M4 motorways, would include elevated walkways through an African grasslands exhibit, underwater glass viewing areas and reptile and nocturnal animal houses.
An artist impression of the new proposed zoo in Western Sydney
No other zoo in Australia offers an embedded Aboriginal heritage program of this kind”, Managing Director Jake Burgess said to media. It will feature 30 exhibitions including African safari animals and an integrated Aboriginal and natural heritage program, focusing on the local Darug people of Western Sydney. It would also run an animal breeding program for threatened and endangered species including Asian elephants, lowland gorillas and tigers. The proposed Sydney Zoo could house up to 500 animals on a 16.5 hectare site. Almost 745,000 people each year are expected to visit the new zoo. It ‘s expected this will boost the Sydney economy by $45 million each year. Sydney Zoo would be entirely privately funded.