In December 2014, visitors to Melbourne Zoo will be able to step into the magnificent and menacing world of the hunter and the hunted as part of the Zoo’s 150 year birthday upgrade.
The Predator Prey precinct, which covers nearly a quarter of the Zoo, will be developed over two stages.
Stage 1 will involve a major upgrade of the Lions and Wild Dogs with construction commencing at the end of January 2014. Funding for this stage has kindly been provided by the Victorian Government.
Construction will also commence on a world-class learning centre that will form the heart of the exhibit. This centre will accommodate up to 100 students at a time.
Zoos Victoria has already been fortunate enough to secure the support of the Myer family who, thorough the Yulgilbar Foundation and the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation, have pledged to provide up to $400,000 in matched funding towards the $800,000 learning centre for Predator Prey.
This funding, however, is conditional upon Zoos Victoria securing the remaining $400,000 to complete the Predator Prey learning centre. Zoos Victoria is now seeking donations to reach the remaining $400,000 by mid 2014. Any donations or pledged gifts made to support the development of the new Predator Prey learning centre will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the Yulgibar and Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation Grant.
Stage 2 of the Predator Prey precinct is likely to commence in early 2015 and will focus on big cats such as Snow Leopards, Bears, Giant Ant-eaters and Komodo Dragons.