22 October 2009
Have a go at this! Last week Australia Zoo representatives met with Las Vegas government officials to continue previous discussions that began back in 2004 with Steve Irwin.
Whilst it's not guaranteed that Australia Zoo will set up in Las Vegas, there a number of options and locations in the USA that are being looked into.
"It would be the greatest marketing tool for Australian tourism on the face of the earth," Steve Irwin said back in 2004.
"There is a huge fascination around the world with Australia's unique wildlife and culture," he said.
Should the Australia Zoo concept establish itself in the USA, Steve's dream was for it to "showcase Australian lingo, wildlife and culture."
"This would be a huge benefit to Australian tourism. It would be like establishing a window of opportunity for America to experience a taste of Australia with the hope of enticing them to visit our beautiful country," Australia Zoo Director Wes Mannion.
"This will enable Australia Zoo to educate millions of people on the importance of conservation and wildlife protection.
"The benefits from this project will go toward our wildlife projects in Australia and around the world," Wes said.
It was Steve Irwin's dream to bring conservation to the world stage and there is no better place to do this than in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas.
"With 35 million people visiting Las Vegas each year, the zoo would be an unparalleled vehicle to promote Australia internationally" Steve Irwin 2004.
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