Woodland Park Zoo is hosting two open houses for zoo visitors and community members to see final design plans for its new, naturalistic Malayan tiger and sloth bear exhibits.
Guests at the open houses will see a scale model and renderings of the exhibits, and will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss the project with zoo staff and provide valuable feedback that will help shape the interpretive program behind this ambitious exhibit project. Light refreshments will be served.
Designed by Bainbridge Island-based architects Studio Hanson/Roberts, the state-of-the-art, 2-acre exhibit complex for Malayan tigers and sloth bears will also feature Asian small-clawed otters and tropical birds.
The id="mce_marker"9.6 million exhibit project, part of the zoo’s $80 million More Wonder More Wild Campaign, will transform the 60-year-old, outdated infrastructure that tigers and sloth bears currently inhabit at the zoo into a spacious, naturalistic exhibit environment. The transformation will improve the exhibit experience for the zoo’s animals, visitors and staff, and will reduce resource consumption with sustainable design.
The exhibits are expected to open in phases, with construction beginning in 2012, phase one (including otters) opening in 2013, and the second and final phase (including tigers and sloth bears) opening in 2014.