Green light for enhanced visitor facilities at Highland Wildlife Park

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has been given planning consent for several new buildings at its Highland Wildlife Park in order to expand its existing visitor facilities.

Green light for enhanced visitor facilities at Highland Wildlife Park

The development will also provide a new gateway to the Cairngorms highlighting the conservation work of the RZSS, including its ongoing protection and conservation work for endangered species.

A new Discovery Hub, Learning Hub and Hilltop Hub are all on the cards along with alterations to the existing visitor centre. The developments will allow RZSS to offer visitors an improved experience, particularly for disabled visitors and family groups. The new Discovery Hub will contain an interactive exhibition while the Learning Hub will provide offices, a small meeting area and a large multi-purpose classroom with the Hilltop Hub providing a covered viewpoint area.

Cairngorms National Park Authority planning committee Convener, Dr Gaener Rodger, said: “Developments that will make a positive contribution to the economy of the Cairngorms National Park, whether aimed at visitors or residents are extremely important at this time, especially when you consider the impact that Covid-19 has had on businesses in the area.

“I fully support our officers’ recommendations to grant planning permission for the business units and the new buildings at the Highland Wildlife Park.”

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