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Introducing Bristol Zoo’s new conservation park – Wild Place

Wild Place logo'Wild Place: Bringing conservation to life’

In the summer of 2013 a new and exciting conservation park will be opening near Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, called Wild Place

'World-class visitor attraction in Bristol'

Since the granting of planning consent for the National Wildlife Conservation Park in 2010, Bristol Zoo has been seeking ways in which development towards this spectacular, world-class visitor attraction can begin. Wild Place is the first step towards the development of NWCP and is set to welcome 100,000 visitors over the course of its first year. 

Wild Place is an open space, comprised of natural beauty that utilises the existing woodlands and environment. Subject to planning, guests will be able to go on several different woodland walks, discovering flora and fauna as they go, take a glimpse into eco-systems from around the world including a Madagascar walkthrough, which will be home to several lemurs and an East-African Savannah with zebras and eland roaming in the grassland. 

Once families have had a healthy dose of wildlife and nature they can burn off any excess energy in an indoor playbarn and enjoy refreshments from the café.

Zebras to feature at WildPlace

This family friendly attraction in the south west of England will focus on fun, play and learning; with children and adults being inspired to protect threatened habitats on their doorsteps and around the globe, all for an affordable cost of around £20 for a family of four.

‘Wild Place is the first step on a fantastic journey towards creating the ultimate vision of a world-class attraction in Bristol and Europe’s only conservation park,’ says Dr Bryan Carroll. ‘Bristol Zoo is proud and excited to take that first step this summer in the form of Wild Place.’

‘Drawing on Bristol Zoo's extensive experience in managing conservation projects on a worldwide basis and on the resources of the well regarded management of our local zoo, plans are advancing on all fronts for this new park: content and design, construction, operation and financing. We have specialists working for us both in London and Bristol to realise all aspects of the park, which aims to educate a wide population about the important of conservation in a highly appealing, innovative and interactive environment.’  

To find out more Wild Place, visit www.wildplace.org.uk or phone 0117 974 7300.

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For more information please contact Bristol Zoo’s press office:

Catherine Phillips, T: 0117 974 7306, or email: cphillips@bristolzoo.org.uk
Kate Willacy, T: 0117 974 7305, email: kwillacy@bristolzoo.org.uk

Notes to the Editor:

Bristol Zoo Gardens

·         Bristol Zoo is open from 9am every day except Christmas Day. 

·         Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on income from visitors and supporters to continue its important work. 

·         Bristol Zoo is involved with more than 100 co-ordinated breeding programmes for threatened wildlife species. 

·         It employs over 150 full and part-time staff to care for the animals and run a successful visitor attraction to support its conservation and education work. 

·         Bristol Zoo supports – through finance and skill sharing - 15 projects in the UK and abroad that conserve and protect some of the world’s most endangered species.

·         In 2011 Bristol Zoo celebrated its 175th birthday. Over that past 175 years, the Zoo has brought six generations of Bristolians closer to wildlife, helped save over 175 species from extinction, established over 30 field conservation and research programmes all over the world, showed 40 million school-aged children the wonder of nature and given more than 90 million visitors a wonderful day out.

·         In 2010 Bristol Zoo Gardens set up a Conservation Fund to raise vital funds to help care for threatened animals and plants – both in the Zoo and through the conservation work we do in the UK and around the world.

·         Bristol Zoo Gardens is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. BIAZA represents more than 90 member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.