The ABC brings word that the National Zoo and Aquarium is blossoming to four times its current size:
The zoo says it can now build on-site accommodation and will use surrounding land to create an open range zoo.
Zoo director Trent Russell says the zoo will also gain new animals, including the white rhinoceros.
“We won’t be acquiring a lot of new animals in the first instance,” he said.
“There will be some new species that will be coming next year, white rhinos will be one of them.”
Mr Russell said commuters on the Tuggeranong Parkway will be able to see the construction’s progress.