The $50m two-year development in the heart of the Zoo is due to start in a few months' time. It is part of a $120m 10-year redevelopment programme being funded through Auckland Council's long-term plan, and becomes the largest project in Auckland Zoo's 95-year history.
"This precinct will transform almost one fifth of the Zoo, and will offer our visitors a stunningly immersive experience of one of the most wildlife-rich but threatened places on Earth. It's a region close to our hearts with big conservation challenges and opportunities, and an area that we're very active in supporting," says Auckland Zoo director, Jonathan Wilcken.
As well as providing an expansive new home for orangutans, who will live alongside siamang gibbons, the South East Asian focused precinct will also feature tigers, otters, and a diversity of reptile, fish, and invertebrates. In addition, the development will incorporate a new restaurant/function venue that will overlook the Zoo's central lake.