The National Wildlife And Conservation Park (NWCP) is a pioneering development by Bristol Zoo Gardens. It aims to be a unique, world class visitor attraction that combines an exciting, interactive experience with the more serious messages of conservation and sustainability.
NWCP is the first zoo in the world to be designed, constructed and operated in a wholly sustainable way, from power generation and waste management to local procurement and carbon sequestration.
From the first moment of entering the site, the visitor experience will be quite different from that of a traditional zoo. The visitor walks through a series of themed, interconnected exhibits including the Sumatra Rainforest, British Ancient Woodland, Georgia Wetlands and China Montane Forest, each carefully designed with appropriate planting schemes, materials and water bodies. Rather than standing outside a fenced enclosure (and possibly intimidating the animals) the NWCP arrangement allows the visitor to quietly enter inside the animals’ domain, safely protected by means of discreetly positioned fencing. With a dedicated ranger at each exhibit to explain the animals’ habitat and conservation issues, the visitor absorbs, almost without realising, a range of key conservation messages