Taronga Zoo’s reptile residents will soon have a new place to call home, with the NSW Government giving the green light for a purpose-built Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Centre in Mosman.
The brand-new facility will replace the zoo’s popular Reptile World, also known as the Serpentaria, which will soon be demolished to make way for a new on-site 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.”
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 is expected to begin in mid-year and will create around 800 design, project management, and construction jobs, helping fuel the state’s economic recovery.