Winning Zoo Development

18 August 2014

The Zoo’s new Lemur Island is a winner!

Both the lemurs and visitors love it, and now it has been recognised with a major building industry award.

Lemur Island builders the Lloyd Group Pty Ltd have received the Master Builders of Victoria award for Excellence in Civil Construction. This major award was presented at the annual Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards on August 9.

Radley de Silva, CEO, Master Builders Association of Victoria says that  ‘Lloyd Group overcame a range of challenges in working on the Melbourne Zoo Lemur Island project, not least of which was considerable traffic and pedestrian management and demolition around existing animal enclosures.

‘Lloyd Group’s ability to achieve such an outstanding result under uniquely challenging circumstances is a credit to the builder.

‘Its work has resulted in an impressive addition to the Melbourne Zoo’s state-of-the-art animal enclosures utilising recycled and raw materials.”

Dustin Lloyd said that “Lloyd Group are delighted to have received this award as recognition of the hard work, dedication and commitment of our project team and all project stakeholders in ensuring the Lemur Island project was a great success. 

‘We are particularly grateful to the staff at Melbourne Zoo for providing the opportunity to become involved in this project and for working so closely with our team during construction. We trust that all Zoo Members and other visitors will enjoy this new exhibit for many years to come.’

Melbourne Zoo Director Kevin Tanner says Lemur Island forms the ideal entry to the African Rainforest zone and that the Lemurs are amazing ambassadors for African wildlife.

He says ‘this excellent new exhibit supports our aim of inspiring visitors to connect emotionally with the many wildlife species here, help them understand the threats wildlife is facing in their native habitats, and join us in fighting extinction.

‘Our mobile phone recycling community conservation campaign is one way that visitors can take direct action to benefit gorillas and other African species in the wild.’