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TARONGA ZOO’S SKY SAFARI TO BE TRANSFORMED WITH $80 MILLION INVESTMENT

TARONGA ZOO’S SKY SAFARI TO BE TRANSFORMED WITH $80 MILLION INVESTMENT

Taronga Zoo’s much-loved Sky Safari will soon sit alongside Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House as one of the city’s premier visitor attractions, with the NSW Government funding a stunning $81.3 million upgrade.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the revitalised Sky Safari is an exciting step for Taronga and NSW.

“This project is about reinvigorating Sydney and will provide a significant boost to the Sydney Visitor Economy, all while supporting wildlife and conservation. This will make sure our most loved experiences like the Zoo are welcoming and accessible for all,” Mr Kean said.

“Taronga Zoo is known around the world as the “Zoo with a View” and the exciting new development takes advantage of the Zoo’s topography to provide an unforgettable and inclusive tourism experience for guests of all ages and abilities.

“The project will allow Taronga to welcome even more guests and create 390 direct and indirect jobs during construction. This will significantly bolster the NSW economy by re-engaging our local, domestic and international travel markets.”

Environment Minister James Griffin said the project will enable Taronga to continue delivering and expanding upon its vital conservation programs, securing a future for some of our most threatened and endangered wildlife.

“This new experience will revolutionise the Taronga Zoo guest experience, attracting more guests from across the world and in doing so, funding Taronga’s ambitious conservation goals,” Mr Griffin said.

“The upgrade will feature additional, larger and more accessible gondolas, an expanded route and new, accessible stations. An expanded route will also allow guests to take in the zoo and its animals while learning about conservation.

“There is no view more iconic than the animals of Taronga Zoo set against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, and the reimagined Sky Safari will provide a completely new way for tourists and locals alike to experience it.”

Taronga Zoo’s Executive Director Simon Duffy AM said that for more than a century, the Zoo has been at the heart of Sydney’s community and this important upgrade will ensure it remains easily accessible and welcoming for everyone for decades to come.

“The Sky Safari is a much-loved feature of Taronga and the revitalised route will provide an even more engaging and accessible way to experience Taronga Zoo,” Mr Duffy said.

Taronga Zoo African Savannah animals in their new exhibit 25th June 2020/Photographs by Rick Stevens for Traonga Zoo.

 

“As well as a wonderful new experience for our guests, the Sky Safari will also help fund Taronga’s vital conservation work to protect Koalas, Platypus, Corroboree Frogs and other iconic Australia species.”

Works to upgrade the Sky Safari are expected to begin in 2023, ahead of a planned opening in 2025 to welcome back the returning international tourism market.

As a not-for-profit organisation, all of the revenue raised from Taronga Zoo Sydney goes directly to wildlife conservation projects in Australia and around the world, including breed-to-release programs from critically endangered Regent Honeyeaters and Booroolong Frogs.

Over the past five years, Taronga has more than doubled its investment in conservation and this new attraction will help deliver vital work to save species on the brink of extinction.

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