I say "surprising" because not only does Sydney already have an excellent zoo, but the thought of importing a lot of animals (especially ungulates, like antelope) into Australia, a country renown for its super-strict animal quarantine laws, seems incredible.
The zoo itself looks like it would be amazing - spacious mixed-species enclosures, underwater viewing galleries for hippos, sharks, and crocodiles, and lots of cool Australian, Asian, and African wildlife. Hopefully the project will be a success - the world can always use a few more (good) zoos.
An artist's impression of a proposed zoo in western Sydney. Photo: Supplied