Wild Place Project
|Date opened||22 July 2013|
|Owner||National Wildlife Conservation Park/Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society|
The Wild Place Project is an extension to Bristol Zoo.
In 2008 Bristol Zoo Gardens announced plans to submit plans to South Gloucestershire Council for the development of a new 55-hectare National Wildlife Conservation Park (NWCP). It is expected to cost for the circa £70 million and is scheduled to open in 2012.
The Park has been designed to link specific ecosystems and conservation programmes across the world, and will be split into biomes, representing species found only in specific habitats. Some of the biomes to be included are Congo Basin Tropical Forest, Central American Swamp, African Savannah, Sumatra Tropical Forest, Nepal Riverine Forest, Coral Reef, British Ancient Woodland and British Wetlands.
The species list for each ecosystem has not yet been finalised, but is likely to include Manatees, Crocodiles, Bonobos, Okapi, Bongo, Sumatran tiger, Orangutan, Giraffe, Zebra, Warthog, Kudu, African hunting dog, Rhinoceros, Brown bear and Wolf.
The park officially opened on 22 July 2013.
On 13 March the Wild Place Project announced via Facebook that 'The wolves had arrived'. They are five European grey wolves.
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