Developers say the the transformation from the 40 year old brownfield site across from the Commonwealth Games village will create jobs and boost tourism in the area.
Three biospheres with polar, temperate and tropical climates could be open up to 14 hours a day if the venture goes ahead. Along with a visitor centre and gift shop, the park would feature six restaurants and bars, a 200-bed hotel and an “eco hotel”.
The three biospheres would provide sustainable habitats for wildlife, conservation and education work. Unlike zoos or wildlife centres that are open only during the day, the entertainment portion would make Wildside unique, said Steven Minion a director for Glasgow Wildside, registered in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
He said: “We are very keen for it to be there. This is not just about entertainment. We are about a sustainable habitat for local wildlife.”
The developers are aiming to open the shortly after the 2014 Commonwealth Games. A series of meeting are proposed to consult the local communities around the proposed site. Two drop-in sessions will be held this week for people to learn more and give their opinions.Steve Minion, director of Wildside World Ltd, said: "The consultation events are an opportunity for us to share our vision with the local people and unveil some of the images of what Wildside will be like, and what it will bring to the region.
"We hope to engage with people at this early stage so that we have the opportunity to invite them to join in our consultation exercise and to update them in the future on our activities."
The drop-in sessions are being held in Rutherglen town hall between 17:00 and 21:00 on Monday and from 14:00 to 18:00 on Tuesday.