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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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  • We arrived about 11 in the morning. We firstly visited the maze, which is growing nicely and our two enjoyed running around. It starts to rain a little so we took refuge in the play barn, it was busy ...  more »
  • A brilliant experience, what I like about it is it is very interactive and educational and you get to see some impressive animals such as cheetahs and wolves close up. There are also some great struct...  more »
  • Really enjoyed our visit bank holiday Monday here. More there then expected. Lovely grounds, lots of animals, clean and tidy. Lovely knowing this is so local but had no idea it's been here 4 years! Wo...  more »
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  • Feels like it is just finding it's feet. A decent day out for the family. At time of writing a new giraffe house is being built. It feels like there's not a huge amount to see but actually it's easy to fill a day here. One to watch.
  • Fantastic place caring for a large variety of animals, and the largest number of Okapi in one place in the UK. Lots of information and staff around who will be happy to help guide you around or answer any questions you might have. A couple of options for food, including a Mexican takeaway and a small cafe. I would thoroughly recommend getting a year membership if you are local as you will want to visit again
  • Great place for a day out. I visit every 4-6 weeks and there is always something new. It only take about 2 hours to walk around everything so a good walk for young kids.
  • A fantastic day out! Get there for 10am as the carpark is small and it can get busy early. Very friendly staff, good food and don't forget the animals. There is giraffes, cheetahs, meerkats, lemurs, and much more. The wolves were elusive though! There is a great sky high adventure course for the more adventurous kids (and adults). I would not say it's a full day out yet but a good 3-5 hours and it is priced to be affordable.
  • Great for kids. And a huge climbing, height play zone. Great animals, love that they have so much space. Will be better following the work to add giraffes

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