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Wild Place Project, Bristol

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The Wild Place Project is an extension to Bristol Zoo. In 2008 Bristol Zoological Society announced plans to submit plans to South Gloucestershire Council for the development of a new 55-hectare park. The park officially opened on 22 July 2013. The original submitted plans suggested a development cost of circa £70 million.It is located on the northern outskirts of Bristol, close to Junction 17 of the M5, opposite Cribbs Causeway.The Park has been designed to link specific ecosystems and conservation programmes across the world, and was originally intended to be split into biomes, representing species found only in specific habitats. Current areas include: Secret Congo, native European woodland, Edge of Africa and Madagascar.The species list currently includes: Okapi, Sudan cheetah, Zebra and European Grey Wolf.Future PlansSome of the biomes originally planned are: Congo Basin Tropical Forest, Central American Swamp, African Savannah, Sumatra Tropical Forest, Nepal Riverine Forest, Coral Reef and British Wetlands.The species list for each ecosystem has not yet been finalised, but is likely to include manatees, crocodiles, bonobos, bongo, Sumatran tiger, orangutan, giraffe, zebra, warthog, kudu, African hunting dog, rhinoceros and brown bear.
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  • Visited with group of under fives. Very few animals. Did see some goats, an okapi and lemurs. Noisy building work going on for the giraffe house. Poorly maintained paths stingy nettles everywhere. Dan...  more »
  • What a really pleasant surprise. 2 Adults and an 11 month old. Exceeded all expectations. The animal enclosures are well designed and thought through to make ample viewing opportunities. Noticed a rev...  more »
  • What a wonderful place to visit. I visited with my daughter, a friend and her daughter. It was a school inset day so it was quite quiet which was great. The staff were all incredibly informative and f...  more »
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  • Not an overly expensive place to visit and cheaper if you book online before you go. It isn't a huge park, but enough for a morning or afternoon. Easy to get to, being just off the M5 and there is plenty of parking. Staff are friendly an the volunteers give good talks and are helpful. There were interactions with the bugs when I visited with my family and now our little one is fascinated with bugs and insects. You can walk around the lemur enclosure and get up close and personal with them. There are a few cheetahs that were a pleasure to see in a big enclosure, but the highlight for me were the wolf pack. I loved seeing them run around there little copse area. There is a tea room that is a little expensive, but I didn't mind as the profits help the upkeep of the animals. There are a few play areas around for the children so they will have plenty to see and do. An enjoyable day out and I will be going back at some point in the future.
  • This is the new baby sibling to the Bristol Zoo. I prefer it on so many levels! It's layout is more rambling. There are open spaces, surprise nooks and crannies and a sense of space for the animals too. More of an angle on conservation and habitats around the world. Don't overlook this burgeoning attraction. Support it now and ensure it grows!
  • Amazing Zoo with lots of great activities and things to do. Animals looked truly happy in their enclosures and could tell they were well taken care of!
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our visit Loved the open spaces, one of our party was a child with special needs and the hides allowed him to see animals close up. Some of the paths are quite rough but we had no problems with a buggy. Well worth a visit.
  • We booked online in the car park for a 10% discount. Great little place. Really close up to the animals. The keepers are very friendly and interactive with the public. We spent 4-5 hours there with a 5 and 8 yr old. Lots to do: animals, play areas, climbing and walks.