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New Reptile House Approved for Taronga Zoo Sydney

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: February 8, 2022 10:52 am

Taronga Zoo Sydney Reptile House

An artists impression of the new reptile and amphibian conservation centre at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: NSW Government

Taronga Zoo Sydney will build a new base for their reptile and amphibian conservation efforts after a new centre gained approval from the NSW Government.

The brand new facility will be built next to the zoo's gorilla habitat along a currently unoccupied hillside. It will replace the popular Reptile World or Serpentaria habitat which is being demolished as part of an expansion of the zoo's onsite wildlife hospital.

Minister for Planning and Homes Anthony Roberts said the centre will be a drawcard for tourists and locals, giving them the opportunity to meet an array of reptiles and frogs and learn about the zoo’s conservation work to protect species now and for generations to come.

 

“Taronga is such an important part of Sydney, not only in its role of providing care for more than 4,000 animals but also in being an amazing place for the public to explore and learn about the natural world,” Mr Roberts said.

 

“It will bring guests eye to eye with unbelievable animals, help spark a connection and inspire action for years to come.

 

“This new centre will ensure the ongoing welfare of some special and uniquely Australian species, such as the critically endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtle and iconic Corroboree Frog.”

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Environment Minister James Griffin said the new building will allow Zoo staff to continue their important work leading conservation efforts of reptiles and amphibians, along with countless other species threatened in the wild.

 

“This project will increase Taronga’s capability to save endangered species, educate the public and respond to wildlife emergencies – of which there are more than 1,500 cases per year,” Mr Griffin said.

 

“Taronga Zoo staff work tirelessly to create an environment which protects animals of all shapes and sizes and as a Government, we’re pleased to be able to support them in their efforts to remain on the cutting edge of conservation.”

Construction work on the project will commence by the middle of 2022 and generate 800 jobs in design, project management, and construction, helping fuel the state’s economic recovery.

Learn more about Reptiles here – Reptile Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about Taronga Zoo Sydney on their website – Taronga Zoo Sydney

Taronga Zoo Sydney Reptile House

An artists impression of the new reptile and amphibian conservation centre at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Photo Credit: NSW Government

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