Posted on 01st June 2019 by Media Relations
Updated on Friday 4 October 2019 by Media Relations
Here is a sneak preview at plans for the revitalised African Savannah precinct, where giraffe will wander, zebra will graze, and lions will once again take their place overlooking the savannah plains.
The build teams have been very busy on site and we can’t wait to share the brand new precinct with all our guests. This month has seen much progress, with a major milestone being the roof going on the new Giraffe Barn! A major milestone in any build, this means the rest of the building will now move ahead in leaps and bounds.
In the new African Savannah, Giraffes will return to their iconic post overlooking the harbour with increased space and a state of the art new exhibit. With animal welfare, best practice husbandry and guest experience at front of mind, the African Savannah precinct will feature natural water boundaries between visitors and the giraffe.
Meerkats and Fennec Foxes will also have new residences and in phase II opening, we welcome a new lion pride to Sydney.
The state-of-the-art exhibit will enable crucial breeding programs to support insurance populations, particularly of lions, which are now extinct in 27 African countries. Through immersive design and authentic story-telling, the precinct will showcase Taronga’s conservation partnerships in Kenya and the Republic of the Congo, connecting visitors to communities in these countries who are working to create hope for African wildlife.
African Savannah is due to open this summer, with the lion exhibit opening in 2020.