The Australia Habitat will be revitalised as part of the Taronga Zoo Centenary Redevelopment Plan to upgrade the Zoo over the next 10 years. The Australia Habitat will be delivered in two phases – Phase 1 completed in 2018 and Phase 2 completed in 2021.
Australian animals in the new habitat may include wallabies, echidnas, bandicoots, Platypus, Koalas and Freshwater Eels. Visitors to the new habitat will also be immersed in the diverse cultures of Australia’s Indigenous communities, all on the shores of Cammeraigal country.
As part of Australia Habitat Phase 1, we will be delivering a new overnight conservation experience. The Taronga Wildlife Retreat will wrap around a native wildlife sanctuary and nestle within the new Australia Habitat.
The Retreat builds on existing overnight conservation experiences like Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo and Zoofari Lodge at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. There is increasing demand for immersive wildlife experiences and they are proven to influence people’s attitudes and behaviours. During a 24-hour stay, visitors will experience unprecedented close-up encounters with Australian animals and enjoy tours and talks within the Australian landscape including morning and evening animal encounters.