Taronga Zoo’s Sky Safari – which transports visitors over animal enclosures by cable car on their way into the park – is set to close.
The much-loved attraction has been in operation for 35 years, having opened in 1987.
“After 35 wonderful years, our current Sky Safari is set for retirement and will take its last ride on January 31, 2023,” the zoo revealed.
“Over its lifetime, it has transported more than 20 million passengers, including a royal or two, and even carried the Olympic torch.
“The current Sky Safari is an ageing asset, and has sadly reached the end of its workable life with significant upgrades needed for it to continue to operate.”
If the proposed upgrade to the cable cars is approved, it could re-open in 2025.
The zoo claims it would then be “an unforgettable and fully accessible family experience”.
Visitors to the park were distraught.
“My son is devastated!!!! Looking forward to hearing more about what’s to come,” one mum said.
“Oh that’s so sad. It’s always been a highlight for our family even with older teens,” another mother wrote.
“That’s a shame,” another added.