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    New $36m zoo approved for Western Sydney

    Nicholas Rider

    Western Sydney will soon be home to a $36-million zoo after receiving approval from the Planning Assessment Commission.

    Designed by Aspect Studios and Misho and Associates, the “cage-free” zoo will occupy a 16.4-hectare site overlooking Bungarribee Park.

    “The Sydney Zoo masterplan has been developed to provide spaces for the animals based on best practice in animal welfare, utilising landform and changes in topography to provide separation between animals and people whilst enhancing the experience for visitors,” says Kate Luckraft, director at Aspect Studios. 

    The zoo will feature over 30 exhibits showcasing animals from various regions around the world, as well as local native wildlife. Boardwalks will elevate over African grasslands home to animals such as lions, cheetahs and elephants. And an underwater glass viewing facility will exhibit hippos, crocodiles and aquatic life.

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    The design will also include amenities like gift shops, restaurants, cafes, kiosks, waterways, gardens and picnic areas. Additionally, an integrated Aboriginal and natural heritage program will focus on the local Darug people of Western Sydney.

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    Aspect Studios have been responsible for the masterplanning of the zoo, while the buildings have been designed by Misho and Associates.

    Construction is due to commence in the coming months, with the zoo expected to be open by the end of 2018. 

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