Western Plains Zoo's first major redevelopment
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is nearing completion of the construction of its new lion enclosure for the Zoo's 'Pridelands African Lion Adventure and Safari Tour'. The project is a $9 million redevelopment of the exhibit, which spans 3.5 hectares.
Working with David Payne construction, Liberty OneSteel Metalcentre Dubbo have been supplying 100% of the processed Reo Bar for them over the duration of the development. This construction is the first major change to the Zoo’s circuit since it opened in 1977. It is due to be completed in late 2017, which will cap off the -oo's 40th birthday.
The new exhibit offers a number of new unique selling points for the Zoo. The new safari experience will take visitors inside the exhibit for an exhilarating close encounter with the lions from the safety of a purpose built vehicle. A second up-close exhibit in the enclosure is also being constructed for its behind-the-scenes night yards. This will allow the experience for visitors to see the zookeepers work closely with the lions.
“The NSW Government is committed to supporting regional tourism, which will not only attract more visitors to the Dubbo region but help to educate them about conservation and the environment,” said Deputy Premier and Local Member Troy Grant.