New Zoo Proposed For Sydney's West
A handful of hippos, lions and hundreds of thousands of humans could be headed to western Sydney in 2017.
NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman on Monday announced leasing approval for a proposed zoo at the Western Sydney Parklands site at Bungarribee.
The government says the zoo, if approved, would open in late 2017 and attract about 745,000 visitors a year.
Thirty exhibits are proposed for the attraction, including elevated walkways that will allow families to see lions, cheetahs, elephants, wildebeest, giraffes and rhinos from above, rather than through the bars of a cage.
There would also be glassed observation areas for hippos, and a special focus on Australian native creatures.
"I'll stick my neck out and predict the giraffes will be hugely popular, which is a tall order," Mr Speakman said in a statement on Monday.
The zoo is also in talks with Western Sydney University about establishing a wildlife conservation research facility on its grounds.