The exciting new African Lion Pride Lands exhibit at Taronga Western Plains Zoo will feature a large 3.5-hectare open expanse where the lion pride roam, and will include a thrilling safari experience for visitors through an encounter from the safety of a purpose-built vehicle. The visitor experience will be unrivalled in Australia with a pride of 10-15 Lions replicating natural family groupings in the wild.

The African-inspired exhibit is a $9 million development and the largest investment in an animal exhibit in the Zoo’s history. It also represents the first major change to the Zoo circuit since its opening in 1977.

The visitor area is being built to replicate an African Masai village setting, giving visitors a real insight into, and sensory experience of, being in Africa and the plight of lions in the wild.

Construction is progressing well, with the project now past the halfway mark. Completion is anticipated by the end of 2017. The project is part of the Taronga Centenary Visitor Experience Program, co-funded by Taronga and the NSW Government.