Perth Zoo Has Plans for Open-Range Park

What's New — By Amanda Kendle on January 6, 2011 at 6:47 am

I love the Perth Zoo, and this morning I read about a major plan to make it even better. The Perth Zoo as it stands is located quite close to the centre of the city, in South Perth, just across the river from the main downtown area of Perth (a lovely ferry ride away, in fact). They’re talking expansion, but as you’d guess, there’s not much room left to expand right there.

Instead, the Perth Zoo has a long-term plan to have a second site which would be an open-range park style zoo, with areas for both Australian and African animals. It sounds like it’ll be a little bit safari-style but with large viewing areas rather than a drive-through track, and is likely to be between 200 and 400 hectares in size. Just where they’re going to fit that in within Perth isn’t clear – apparently they have several ideas, but they’re not telling yet!

The only downside is you don’t need to hurry to Perth if you want to catch our open-range zoo. Its likely opening date is around 2024, so that gives you plenty of time to save up the airfare, wherever you are in the world!

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