So what exactly goes in to building an African Safari? With the new arrival of baby rhino Savannah, three new zebra and the arrival of another African animal not far away, the construction team here at Australia Zoo are busy building the new African Safari. Wooo-hoo!
In September this year, Australia Zoo will launch stage one of the Australia Zoo African development, a first for Queensland, covering 24 acres and taking Australia Zoo to just under 100 acres, a continuation of Steve's vision to build an African Safari where visitors can watch exotic animals such as Zebra, Giraffe and Rhino interacting from the comfort of our Safari Shuttle.
Building and Construction Manager, Mark Niven has all hands on deck for the construction of our massive new exhibit which will be the largest of the Australia Zoo exhibits. Crikey!
"Behind the scenes our African Safari is a hive of activity! The construction team is currently building new rhino, zebra and giraffe shelters in the savannah which will be covered in mock rock so they have that authentic African feel. Our in-house sculpture artist has been busy creating themed pieces for the Africa display, including a drinking hole for our rhino, zebra and giraffe which reflects the native Boabab Tree found throughout Africa" Mark said.
"The detail that goes into building an African savannah that will house such a variety of animals takes a lot of planning, but when Africa opens in September, I am sure the general public will be as impressed with the finished product as we will be!"
Queensland Residents! Don't forget you can purchase your tickets online, visit before 31 August and get unlimited entry to Australia Zoo and our new African Safari.