Taronga Zoo's Native Animals Are Getting a New $16M Home

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Sydney’s premier animal sanctuary is set to become even better, especially for our native wildlife! The NSW Government recently approved a $16 million makeover for Taronga Zoo and the hefty windfall is being earmarked specifically to give our favourite Aussie icons a new home.

Taronga's popular native animal enclosures will undergo a substantial upgrade that will include a canopy walk to see koalas, larger walkthrough experience areas for kangaroos and wallabies, a viewing area to watch the platypuses underwater and enhancements to the nocturnal exhibition.

The Taronga Conservation Society is behind the project and expects the new precinct to attract more visitors to the zoo, as well as giving them more scope with their vital conservation activities.

Taronga Conservation Society concepts for Taronga Zoo's new Australia Precinct
The Taronga Conservation Society's concept for the Zoo's new Australia Precinct


“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. 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.”NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, said.

“The project will see new life breathed into parts of the precinct that are more than 30 years old,” added NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Kean, “improving the visitor experience and encouraging more people to get out and learn about the conservation of our iconic Aussie animals.”   

Now that the plans have been given the green light, work on the precinct upgrade will commence in the coming months with completion of the new habitat due by 2023.

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