The design for the Alice Springs Desert Wildlife Park presents the life of central Australia’s deserts via a Habitat Immersion concept. Visitors experience the habitats of the Park through a series of Habitat Scenarios. Each of the habitats reflects messages and themes of the Desert Zones, in displays of plants, fauna, ethnobiological elements and landform – ‘the ultimate zoological & botanical park’. An essential theme of the Park and its exhibit habitats is the nature of this ancient landmass, which is seen by many as the dead heart. In fact, the Deserts of the Centre are diverse and rich. The Park was endorsed by Sir David Attenborough as the best in the world, during a visit in 1997, saying there is no museum or wildlife park in the world that could match it.
AILA National Project Award – 1998