Bristol Zoo unveils wildlife park plans for Cribbs Causeway
Plans for a £70 million wildlife reserve in Bristol have
The 55-hectare park proposed for land at Cribbs Causeway, near
junction 17 of the M5 motorway, will be the first
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conservation-led animal visitor attraction of its kind in the
Unveiling the designs, Bristol Zoo Gardens said it is now set
to submit proposals to South Gloucestershire Council – although
planning permission has been in place for the park since
Bristol Zoo Gardens said the new zoo, called The Park, was set
to open in 2012, will set “a new benchmark” for how zoos can
support conservation in the wild and establish a more
influential position in the global conservation movement.
The Park has been designed to link specific ecosystems and
conservation programmes across the world with exhibits which
will house wild animals such as tigers, black tip sharks,
bonobos – a type of chimpanzee – and brown bears.
Director of Bristol Zoo Gardens, Dr Jo Gipps, said the aim of
the new zoo to make the children of today the conservationists
He said: “Submitting detailed plans to South Gloucestershire
Council is an exciting and important step forward in the
development of this ground breaking project.
“The Park will make a spectacular day out for visitors of all
ages and interests. Stepping through the gates of the Park,
visitors will be transported from the normality of the
Gloucestershire countryside to an amazing world of
“Visitors will feel immersed in ecosystems from all over the
world, engaged in active conservation programmes and inspired
to make their own real contribution to sustainable living.”
It will be divided into exhibit areas which take visitors on a
geographic journey to areas including the Congo Tropical
Forest, Sumatra Rainforest, British Ancient Woodland and Indian
Ocean Coral Reef.
In the Sumatra Rainforest exhibit, its proposed visitors will
be able to step across a chasm caused by a seismic shift,
listen to a troop of gibbons calling to each other as they
swing through the trees and get close to Sumatran tigers via a
transparent tiger tunnel.
Closer to home, the British Ancient Woodland exhibit will link
with UK conservation programmes led by Bristol Zoo Gardens.
Here, visitors will travel back in time to see brown bears,
lynx, wolves and other wildlife found in Britain hundreds of
years ago, which have since been lost due to human
Visitors will be able to go on an off road tour in the
Tanzania Savannah exhibit – home to giraffe, rhino, zebra,
cheetah, warthog and wild dogs.
While no further grant of planning permission is required to
use the land as zoological gardens, discharge of conditions is
still required to erect buildings and for other detailed
The land known locally as the Hollywood Tower Estate has been
owned by Bristol Zoo Gardens since 1965.