Animal fans are looking forward to the grand opening of the updated Wild Place Project as all the creatures from Bristol Zoo travel to their new home.
Cribbs Causeway Zoo is currently open, but will soon welcome a host of new furry friends as the animals make their big trek across town to their big new enclosures.
Bristol Zoo closed its doors in Clifton for the last time in September, marking the end of 186 years of the attraction in our city. Construction of the new site at Wild Place, at junction 17 of the M5, is expected to start in 2024 and be phased in over several years. Today it has been revealed which animals will live there.
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Here is the list of creatures that move:
50 species have been confirmed to move from Bristol Zoo Gardens to the new site, including blue-eyed black lemurs, lemur leaf frog and Corfu killifish. These will be joined by new additions from other zoos and aquariums around the world, such as two black rhinos, a North African red-necked ostrich and a Grevy’s zebra.
There will be a new central African forest area, home to several critically endangered and endangered species, including gorillas, cherry-crowned mangabey monkeys, slender-snouted crocodiles, and several rare species of West African fish. There will also be a new underwater viewing area.
Brian Zimmerman, director of conservation and science at the Bristol Zoological Society, which owns and operates the Wild Place Project and Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: “We’ve developed our animal species plan so that we can really focus our resources on the animals that need it most. our help and maximize the impact we make on wildlife conservation.”
The society says it has developed its animal species plan to focus its resources on the 76 species most in need of protection using a number of tools, such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which produces the Red List of globally threatened species. BZS carries out conservation projects on four continents. Threatened species in these areas will also be part of your plan.
History of Bristol Zoo
Opened in 1836, Bristol Zoological Gardens was the oldest provincial zoo in the world and the fifth oldest zoo in the world.
It was founded on July 22, 1835 by Henry Riley, a local physician, who led the formation of the Zoological Society of Bristol, Clifton and the West of England.
Almost a year later, the doors opened to the public for the first time on Monday, July 11, 1836.
The most famous animal in the 19th century was the elephant Zebi. She was in the place between 1868 and 1909 and was famous for taking off and eating straw hats.
The early 1900’s saw the construction of a new lion house that welcomed a family of big cats.
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