Expansion to make Werribee the premier Open Range Zoo
The $84 million expansion of Werribee Zoo into Australia’s Premier Open Range Zoo will provide a significant boost for the local economy including the creation of 350 jobs, including 90 direct jobs.
Funding will be used to expand the zoo over the next five years and will increase the number of visitors and tourists coming through the gates each year from more than 680,000 in 2018/19 to one million visitors.
The funding, part of the upcoming State budget, will also see Werribee become the new home of the city’s much loved Asian elephant herd currently at Melbourne Zoo.
Once completed the Werribee Zoo redevelopment is expected to contribute over $17.8 million annually to Victoria’s economy. The redevelopment will deliver a world-class experience, with a new elephant sanctuary to house six Asian elephants, a tree top Sky Safari gondola, a new specially designed site for rhinos and bison, and a brand-new waterhole precinct.
The new elephant sanctuary will benefits the animals, with the herd able to roam freely over 22 hectares of natural landscapes.