Virtual zoo Bristol: What the attraction for current zoo site in Clifton could look like

Guests would use an ‘augmented reality system’ that would allow people to experience walking among realistic wild animals - and even dinosaurs.

Artist impressions show what the world’s first ‘augmented reality’ zoo in Bristol, with virtual reality dinosaurs, could look like

The £75million ‘OurWorld’ would see guests wearing headsets to see the animals of today, tomorrow and the past.

The proposed ‘augmented reality’ zoo, featuring a 100ft viewing platform over Clifton and a massive park space.

It would replace the current Bristol Zoo gardens and include a ‘wild island’ and 100ft tall viewing tower.

Guests would use an ‘augmented reality system’ that would allow people to experience walking among realistic wild animals and even dinosaurs.

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Bristol Zoological Society, which owns Bristol Zoo Gardens, announced last year that the Clifton site would be sold and the zoo would move into the Wild Place Project, near junction 17 of the M5 in South Gloucestershire.

It plans to sell the land with planning permission for housing to raise enough money to secure a “long-term sustainable future” for the society and its mission to save wildlife from extinction.

The plans would preserve the listed buildings at the 186-year-old zoo

It is hoped that this new attraction could act as an alternative to the planned housing on the site.

Architect and former city mayor George Ferguson told around 100 members of the public who attended an online meeting hosted by the Bristol Civic Society on October 25 that Our World Bristol proposal would bring ‘more benefits’ to the city.

Designers have revealed a proposal to build the world’s first ‘augmented reality’ zoo rather than housing on the site of the former Bristol Zoo.

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Clare Wilks, director at LDA design who has unveiled designs, created the new proposals which have now been seen by councillors.

Clare said: “Bristol is a leader in natural history film-making.

“We aim to create an atmosphere with a sense of escape, discovery and delight”.

Featuring a 100-foot viewing tower and a circular lido with a ‘wild island’, the facility could act as an alternative to planned housing on the site.

The zoo will present its case at another online meeting hosted by the Bristol Civic Society on 10 November.

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A new circular lido and 100-foot viewing tower would sit alongside familiar landmarks such as the zoo entrance, the giraffe house, the lion house and the World of Water building.