22 JUL 2011

Jack hears about the National Wildlife Conservation Park

Jack today visited Bristol Zoo, where he was informed of the latest plans for the National Wildlife Conservation Park, to be created on a site next to Junction 17 of the M5, within Jack's constituency.

The Zoo has received planning permission for the Park for the first conservation-led visitor attraction of its kind in the UK. The park will link specific ecosystems and conservation projects that happen in those areas, thus enhancing Bristol Zoo's role in the global conservation movement. The Park is designed to take visitors on a journey round the world, incorporating areas such as Tropical Forest in Congo, Sumatran Rainforest, British Ancient Woodland and Indian Ocean Coral Reef.

As well as being kept informed of the progress of this project, he also heard about the educational opportunities this will provide to primary and secondary age pupils, as well as students in further and higher education, veterinary students and the Parks own staff.

Jack commented 'I was delighted to hear about the Conservation Park, I was greatly impressed with the enthusiasm and skill this project is being taken forward by the management of Bristol Zoo. Once it is open, the Conservation Park will be a fabulous visitor attraction for the South West and South Gloucestershire in particular. It will allow Bristol Zoo to expand the fantastic animal conservation work they already do and enhance their worldwide reputation in this area.'

Jack was also taken on a tour of the Zoo, and heard about some of the future plans for the existing site. He is pictured with Dr Bryan Carroll, Director of Bristol Zoo Gardens, and a pile of sleeping meercats!

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