27 September 2023

Perth Zoo upgrade progressing

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Work is under way at Perth Zoo with a new café and separate function centre being constructed as part of a $16.5 million construction program.

In a statement, the Zoo said the café is to receive a new eating and alfresco area adjacent to the main lawn, with a new function centre set to provide a much improved space for events, functions, seminars and weddings.

“These developments are the first to be delivered under the Perth Zoo Master Plan 2040,” the Zoo said.

“The new visitor café and function centre are planned to be completed by mid-2023 while planning is progressing for a series of enhanced animal precincts.”

These included an expansion of the African Savannah, a new orangutan jungle, a network of overhead primate tunnels near the main lawn, and a state-of-the-art Conservation Science and Treehouse precinct.

“These projects will feature cutting-edge designs and concepts that will consolidate Perth Zoo’s position as one of the best inner-city zoos in the world,” the statement said.

Minister for the Environment, Reece Whitby said Perth Zoo was an iconic State conservation tourism destination.

“Home to some of the rarest animals on the planet and an important community facility, it is vital that we continue to provide world-class facilities for both guests and the animals in our care,” Mr Whitby said.

“I look forward to the opening of the new visitor facilities next year and seeing more Western Australians enjoy Perth Zoo like never before.”

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