Taronga Zoo celebrates its 95th birthday this month, with the official opening of the famous Edwardian Entrance building and a new visitors’ plaza.
The new entry is a Taronga Master Plan project and includes a heritage renovation of the copper-domed entrance building, brand new admissions offices and new visitor facilities incorporating a café and shop.
Taronga Director, Cameron Kerr, said: “The completion of this wonderful joint project between the NSW Government and the Zoo just adds to this world class facility. If people don’t have time to spend exploring the Zoo they can pop in for a coffee and see some wildlife without paying to enter.”
“The Plaza and the renovation were completed earlier this year after about 20 months of construction enabling the Zoo to gradually introduce the computerised admission systems.”
The project is very green incorporating recycled or plantation-grown timbers, an underground water catchment system in the green park around the car park to utilise rainwater at the top of the Zoo’s hillside site, and careful location of the car park to avoid the need for electrical ventilation.
Visitors can now stroll through a green park to the Main Entrance, which also houses the upper Sky Safari Cable Car terminal and is close to many of the Zoo’s popular Australian wildlife exhibits, including koalas, the recently refurbished Rainforest Aviary, the Australian Walkthrough with its wallabies, kangaroos and emu, the Platypus exhibit and the Australia’s Nightlife nocturnal exhibit.
“The construction of the $16 million project was jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Taronga Foundation under the Zoo’s 12 year redevelopment Master Plan. The Zoo has already completed the children’s environmental adventure exhibit, Backyard to Bush, the Rainforest Trail exhibit which is home to Taronga’s successful Asian Elephant conservation breeding program and the Great Southern Oceans mega-exhibit.”