Today, the Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, declared Sydney Zoo open for business at an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, ahead of Sydney’s newest attraction opening to the public on 7th December 2019.
Boosting Western Sydney’s lifestyle and tourism offerings, the Zoo is a one-of-a-kind destination, with the latest and most technologically advanced habitat design, in addition to a medley of new experiences integrating nature, play and education.
The new Zoo is segmented into five precincts; Africa, Aquarium, Australia, Primates and South-East Asia. Visitors of all ages will be able to roam around the completely flat site without any hills or steps, and explore 30 habitats and more than 2000 animals, specially created to provide a sense of openness and space for wildlife, improving their welfare and the guest’s experience.
Gladys Berejiklian said, “Sydney Zoo has a unique mix of precincts and curated offerings that are a first in the region. The Zoo is forecasted to generate an estimated $45 million per annum to the NSW economy and attract one million visitors each year. For the first time in 100 years, Sydney has opened a major new Zoo and it is set to become one of Western Sydney’s main attractions.”
Managing Director for Sydney Zoo, Jake Burgess added, “Sydney Zoo embraces technology and innovation to improve animal welfare, visitor engagement and education for endangered animals. Over the past six years, our dedicated team have brought to life the visions of me and my father, John Burgess. The Zoo is home to all our favourite exotic and native animals, the country’s largest reptile and nocturnal house – and Sydney’s only zoo and aquarium all in one.”
“Sydney Zoo will also play a major role in inspiring action and educating visitors on how they can contribute to positive conservation and sustainability outcomes. We aim to continually improve our animal habitats while striving to enhance our visitors’ engagement and education. We invite everyone to join our celebration as we officially open our doors on December 7.”, said Mr Burgess.