African Village at the Zoo

3 May 2010

The fascination of life on the African savannah is captured in a new attraction at Wellington Zoo.

Wellington Zoo giraffes are at home in the African village

Wellington Zoo giraffes are at home in the African village

At the Zoo's new feature you can experience the atmosphere of an African village, with chickens roaming freely around the huts.

From a sheltered platform you can view the savannah-like enclosure, home to giraffes, ostriches, nyala, black buck and guinea fowl.

The village engages and educates visitors by showing them an environment similar to the natural setting for these unique animals.

Centred around a beautiful bronze sculpture by the late, internationally renowned sculptor Colin Webster-Watson, a new garden outside of the cheetah's enclosure was the first phase of the village.

Features highlighting the unique aspects and care of the African animals have been designed and installed.

A sleeping den for the African wild dogs was built near the front of their enclosure to bring them closer to visitors.

This is a great outdoor excursion for children. Save on costs and take a Go Wellington bus to visit the Zoo during May and June. This will get you half price entry - a great idea if you're taking the whole family.