Perth open range zoo plans halted

Plans for an open range zoo in Perth have stalled.  The A$200 million project had been championed by former WA premier Colin Barnett.

The 700ha conservation and recreation reserve on the Avon River near Lower Chittering was to be an open range zoo in which wild animals could roam free.

Supporters of the project, which would take five to 10 years to complete, argued that it would allow Perth Zoo to expand its breeding programs with space for big breeding herds, as well as providing a boost to tourism.

The open range zoo was to have displayed elephants, bears, lions, pygmy hippopotamuses, baboons, giraffes as well as indigenous Australian animals.

However the Government has now said that it does not intend to go forward with the plans.

Image: Perth Zoo

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