New facility at Melbourne Zoo aims to attract more visitors

Published on : Friday, October 21, 2016

melbourne-zooMelbourne Zoo is one of Victoria’s great tourist icons, will soon boast of a new facility for Himalayan Snow Leopards and Sumatran Tigers.


Leopard Ridge facility will offer visitors a rare insight into the lives of the stunning predators and give the animals the safe and comfortable home they deserve.


“Leopard Ridge will give visitors a rare glimpse into the lives of some of the world’s great predators. This will be a must see,” Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio said.


The Ridge will also become home for Tasmanian Devils and Coatis, and will highlight the national effort to protect Tasmanian Devils from a deadly contagious cancer. A fund of $9 million has been allocated for the Leopard Ridge which will be completed by the end of 2017.


“We’ve given careful consideration to ensure this project meets the needs of animals and visitors. We look forward to seeing it up and running by next year’s summer peak period,” the Minister added.


The project is the final instalment of the Melbourne Zoo’s popular new Predators Precinct, beginning with Lion Gorge in 2014.


Lion Gorge already displays African Lions and Hunting Dogs, Philippines Crocodiles and Chameleons. Soon there will be an even greater array of the world’s most extraordinary predators.


“The Melbourne Zoo is one of Victoria’s much-loved institutions. We’re growing it, so that the Zoo can attract up to 2 million visitors by 2020,” the Environment Minister concluded.


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