A $36 million private African zoo will open next year in Western Sydney

The zoo’s elevated boardwalk. Source: supplied

A $36 million private zoo featuring African animals will open in western Sydney next year after the proposal was approved by the NSW government.

The 16.5 hectare Sydney Zoo at Bungarabee Park is set to open before the 2018 summer school holidays. It will feature 30 “cage-free” large animal exhibits viewed in safari-like enclosures and from elevated boardwalks, including African animals such as elephants, giraffes, hippos and lions, primates, plus Asian tigers and native animals from the local Cumberland Plains woodlands.

The zoo will also have an Aboriginal and natural heritage program, based on the local Darug people, an aquarium, insectarium and reptile and nocturnal house.

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The project is not associated with government-owned Taronga Zoo, and comes from Sydney Aquarium founder John Burgess.

In backing the project, environment minister Gabrielle Upton said construction over the next 12 months will create the equivalent of 160 full-time jobs, with a further 120 jobs during its operation.

The zoo, on the Great Western Highway, near the junction of the M7 and M4 motorways, is part of a 200 hectare recreational parkland in western Sydney opened in March.

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Sydney Zoo’s proposed bullshark aquarium. Source: supplied

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