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30 / 07 / 2017
Wild Place Project is a remarkable success story

One of the fastest growing tourist attractions in the West is celebrating its fourth anniversary.
 
Wild Place Project, which stands off Junction 17 of the M5 near Cribbs Causeway, first opened its doors in 2013.
 
It is a wild life conservation park that was the brainchild of the Bristol Zoological Society in 2008.
 
Today it attracts well in excess of 100,000 visitors every year and the numbers are growing all the time.
 
Dr Bryan Carroll, chief executive of the Bristol Zoological Society and Wild Place Project, said: “By any standards Wild Place Project is a remarkable success story.
 
“We have come such a long way in the past four years but this is just the start.”
 
The estate on which the Wild Place Project stands was bought by Bristol Zoo from the family of the aviation pioneer George White who founded the Bristol Aircraft Company.

Its former farm buildings have been turned into a reception, shop, café and offices while a barn has become a covered play area.
 
Wild Place Project is home to cheetah, gelada monkeys, wolves, meerkats, eland, zebra, red river hogs and lemurs.
 
And in a newly opened  £1 million purpose-built house and paddock there are three giraffe.
 
Dr Carroll said: “Most people don’t realise it but there are fewer giraffes than there are African elephants.
 
“That is why the giraffe house and enclosure at Wild Place Project is so important. It allows us to become part of an international breeding programme while working on the ground in Cameroon to protect their last giraffes.”
 
Wild Place Project also includes extensive woods and the beautiful Tower Meadow home to a 178 year old stone built tower.