Bristol Zoo boss says new Wildlife Park will be affordable day out for families
A NEW wildlife park being opened by Bristol Zoo at Cribbs Causeway this summer will be an "affordable attraction", with a family of four able to spend the day there for just £20.
The Post reported yesterday on the zoo's ambitious plans for Wild Place, a new conservation park and wildlife attraction.
When it opens this summer, subject to planning permission, visitors will be able to visit a recreation of a Madagascan village and African savannah, complete with lemurs, zebra and eland – a type of antelope.
There will also be a cafe and a "playbarn" for children.
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The new attraction will be the first stage in a larger project to develop the full 136 acre site at the Hollywood Tower estate, which the zoo has owned since 1966.
It is estimated that 100,000 visitors could enjoy the new attraction within the first year.
Last year the conservation charity had 580,000 visitors to its historic zoo in Clifton and raised more than £6 million in revenue.
Wendy Walton, director of commercial operations at the zoo, said the new site would offer an "affordable attraction" for families – admission to the zoo itself currently costs £15.50 for an adult (including a Gift Aid donation), £9.50 for a child up to age 14, and £13.50 for 15 to 18-year-olds.
"Wild Place will be directed at a different audience," Wendy said. "It will be a budget attraction, with an entire family of four being able to gain admission for around £20."
The zoo's head of marketing, Owain Cassidy, said the new attraction will also be a more general wildlife experience.
"There will be numerous wildlife walks, with visitors being able to walk through a number of special woodland walks, and enjoy the native wildlife and the flora and fauna, as well as enjoying the larger exhibits – things like zebra and eland in the savannah area, and two types of lemur in the re-creation of the Madagascan village."
The £1 million attraction will be just the first step towards the longer term aspiration of one day creating a £70 million National Wildlife Conservation Park across the site.
"We are still committed to building the world class visitor attraction that is the National Wildlife Conservation Park," Ms Walton said. "Wild Place is the first step of that exciting development and will combine wildlife, play, conservation and education."