Building a Better Zoo

Building a Better Zoo

For a zoo to remain relevant, it must grow and evolve. Here at Taronga, we aim to continually improve our animal habitats while striving to enhance our visitors’ experiences.

In March 2015, the NSW Government announced co-funding of a multi million dollar Visitor Experience program for Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo, transforming visitors' experiences over the next 10 years, boosting wildlife tourism offerings for NSW and fostering unparalleled conservation education outcomes.

Additionally, through the Zoos’ own fundraising initiatives, a range of other educational and conservation-based facilities will also get underway, delivering important new wildlife exhibits at both Zoos.

In total, $200 million has been committed over a 10 year program to revitalise our Zoos, producing compelling animal exhibits that inspire visitors to commit to a shared future for wildlife and people.

Learn more about the plans for Taronga Zoo Sydney?and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo’s Visitor Experience programs below.

Taronga Zoo Sydney

Tiger Trek

An Indonesian-themed exhibit where visitors can get close to the critically endangered?Sumatran Tiger, and learn why choosing certified sustainable?palm oil products can help preserve their native habitat.

Tiger Trek is now open at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

The Taronga Institute of Science & Learning

The Taronga Institute will build on Taronga’s existing strengths in research and education and increase its capacity to help secure a shared future for wildlife and people. The Taronga Institute is now open.

Australia Habitat Phase 1 and the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga

An up-close animal habitat experience including a walk-through exhibit where visitors can interact with and explore iconic and unknown Australian fauna. Taronga's Wildlife Retreat opened its doors in October 2019.?Find out more.

Taronga Wildlife Hospital Sydney

State-of-the-art upgrades to the Taronga Wildlife Hospital and wildlife clinic to continue the excellence of zoo animal care and wildlife rehabilitation.

African Savannah

A multi-species habitat including a lion breeding facility, expanded savannah for Giraffe, Zebra?and Fennec Foxes, and a specialised Meerkat exhibit and encounter space. Due for completion in 2020.

Find out more.

Welcome to the Wild

A unique multi-media experience that will engage and inspire visitors for a shared future for wildlife and people.

Congo Forest

A lush forest exhibit for the growing gorilla family, adjoining Pygmy Hippo pools and a tree-filled landscape for the rare Bongo antelope.

Elephant Trail

A scenic path traversing the zoo where Elephants will walk.


Upgraded specialist exhibits for an amazing array of Reptiles and Amphibians including critical breeding facilities to support zoo-based conservation programs.

New Primate Exhibit

A new primate exhibit will be developed showcasing the important role that Great Apes have in their eco-systems.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

Lion Pride Lands

A spacious African Lion savannah combining expansive views of the pride with unique close-up encounter areas, as well as key breeding facilities.

Lion Pride Lands is now open at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.

Wild Herds

Visitors can experience the majesty of a large, mixed deer and antelope herd ranging across the savannah. This exhibit also provides an area where visitors can encounter and feed smaller deer.

Wild Herds is now open at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.

African Savannah Safari

A new safari vehicle tour of the savannah exhibit amongst majestic Giraffe, as well as Zebras and Rhinos.

Savannah Safari is now open at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.

African Waterhole and Overlook Cafe

The waterhole site gives visitors the opportunity to interact with mischievous meerkats and includes a children's interactive water play area, picnic spot and African-themed cafe.

Giraffe Trail

A memorable experience that will enable visitors to be surrounded by the Giraffe herd. There will also be a trail to the new Giraffe barn where visitors can encounter giraffes up-close.

Asian Forest Adventure

A redevelopment of the Zoo's beautiful Asian-themed forest with Sumatran Tigers, fascinating Siamangs and otters, this adventure includes a fun water-based experience for visitors.

Elephant Sanctuary

Expanded capacity for the care of Asian Elephants, including the development of a further Elephant Barn, pond and related facilities to support the future requirements of the breeding program.

Taronga Wildlife Hospital Dubbo

State-of-the-art upgrades to the Wildlife Hospital and wildlife clinic to continue the excellence of zoo animal care and wildlife rehabilitation.

Outdoor learning environment

The Education Centre will be upgraded including an outdoor education space, increased off-exhibit animal facilities and educational and interpretive experiences.

Visitor Circulation

Improvements to the zoo circuit for cars, bicycles, walking routes and tours that will optimise the range of unique safari experiences.