05 Jun 2015 16:54:12
Ringo Lends A Paw
This week, construction commenced at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, installing the all-new WILD Flight experience, an adventurous ride for the entire family, where guests can soar through the treetops high above some of Australia's most iconic animals.
Today, resident wombat Ringo made an impromptu appearance at the construction site to lend a paw and check out the massive crane that has just arrived to lift in the WILD Flight platform and to install the track.
Set to feature a self-propelled ride, visitors will experience life as a bird and fly through the air 12 metres above the ground, they will see kangaroos below, glide past princess parrots amongst other feathered friends and even take a daring journey above Rex, the zoo's huge five metre crocodile. Extending an exhilarating 70 metres, WILD Flight will officially launch on 27 June, just in time for the school holidays.
Steve Hinks, General Manager, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo said, "like Ringo the wombat, all the staff at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo are very excited to unveil this completely unique aerial adventure to visitors in the coming weeks."
"The construction phase of the all-new WILD Flight experience is well underway and the ride is slowly starting to take shape. Thanks to help from Ringo the wombat, the entire build onsite is set to take approximately three weeks, involving state-of-the-art equipment and hi tech infrastructure to ensure minimal impact. In fact, the track for the ride was digitally surveyed and designed to weave in between our existing trees, so no trees had to be removed - or even trimmed."
"We were also lucky enough to have the crane imported from Italy specifically for this job and is the only one in Australia. It needed to be small enough to fit through the doorway but powerful enough to be able to reach the roof to install the brand new platform, which is a whopping 12 metres off the ground," added Mr Hinks.
WILD Flight will officially launch on 27 June, just in time for the school holidays.