“The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found but made, and the making of these pathways changes both the maker and the destination,” Dr Peter Ellyard.

Perth Zoo has engaged HASSELL and Iredale Pederson Hook (IPH) to lead the Zoo’s future planning.

As lead consultants, they will assist in strategically designing a 20-year master plan for Perth Zoo to ensure it continues to be a contemporary modern zoo, offering world class facilities and experiences for both animals and visitors.

HASSELL and IPH were awarded the contract following a competitive tender process. Together, they bring expert master planning experience and an understanding of global zoo design trends.

IPH has worked with Perth Zoo on previous developments including the Australian Bushwalk and most recently the African Lion exhibit.

HASSELL is a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some of HASSELL’s projects include design of the New Museum for WA; the Optus Stadium design; design of Adelaide Zoo’s entrance precinct, Giant Panda Forest and South East Asian Rainforest precinct as well as master planning for the Zoo’s Stage II; Asian forest and elephant exhibit planning and design at Taronga Zoo; and Werribee Open Range Zoo design projects.

Perth Zoo’s Executive Director, Wendy Attenborough, said: “This is an exciting new chapter for our 120-year-old zoo.  I am excited about the appointment, and the expertise Perth Zoo will have supporting us to reimagine this special site.“

HASSELL Principal Anthony Brookfield says: “We are delighted to have the opportunity of working with Perth Zoo and our partners iph to establish a creative and ambitious vision; one which enriches both animal and patron experience while supporting the important zoo conservation and breeding programs.”