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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


March 20, 2012

Zoo to unveil design plans for new tiger and sloth bear exhibits

Gigi Allianic, Rebecca Whitham
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  Photo Credit: Michael Kochmanski/Fresno Chaffee Zoo

A Malayan tiger. Woodland Park Zoo will unveil to media on March 22 design plans for new Malayan tiger and sloth bear exhibits.


Media is invited to attend the unveiling of design plans for Woodland Park Zoo’s all new, naturalistic exhibits for Malayan tigers and sloth bears.

JoJo, the zoo’s 20-year-old, female Sumatran tiger, will enjoy a morning meat-and-bone treat in the zoo’s current, 60-year-old exhibit. Nearby, large-scale exhibit renderings and a complete 3D tabletop scale model of the new, 2-acre complex will show how the space will be transformed into a state-of-the-art, naturalistic environment more than three times the size of the current exhibits.

Using sustainable design, the new exhibits will provide tigers, sloth bears, Asian small-clawed otters, and other species representing the biodiversity of tropical Asia with a naturalistic, enriching environment that evokes lush forests and encourages natural behaviors. Tigers will stalk “prey” as they chase a lure line that runs through the exhibit, jostle trees to retrieve snacks, nap under the roots of a tropical tree, splash in a shallow pool and care for cubs in a spacious exhibit built to accommodate multiple generations.

To bring the behind-the-scenes care of these animals into the forefront for zoo visitors, the exhibit design includes specialized training stations where keepers will interact one-on-one with tigers and sloth bears. These training presentations will get visitors closer to live predators than at any other exhibit at the zoo, and provide insight into how the zoo safely cares for such large and dangerous animals.

Visitors to the new exhibit complex will be empowered and inspired by these up-close animal encounters, hands-on learning and links to meaningful conservation actions to build a better future for wildlife, shaped by the exhibit’s theme, “Sharing the Forest: People are the Conservation Solution.” 


Thurs., March 22, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - noon


Meet at Woodland Park Zoo’s West Entrance at Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. Park in the inner north lot off N. 59th St. & Phinney Ave. N. where offices are located. PR staff will escort press to the tiger exhibit.


The id="mce_marker"9.6 million exhibit project is the centerpiece of the zoo’s $21.86 million Asian Tropical Forest fundraising initiative, part of the More Wonder More Wild Campaign. The exhibit is planned to open in two phases in 2013 and 2014. Construction for phase one will begin in fall 2012.

Fundraising for the Asian Tropical Forest initiative is underway now and more than $6 million has already been raised to date toward the goal. Through the zoo’s “Get Your Paws on Our New Exhibit” promotion, community members who give id="mce_marker",000 or more to the Asian Tropical Forest initiative will get their name on a paw print featured prominently in the new exhibit complex. Get your paw at

To follow the progress of the More Wonder More Wild comprehensive campaign, and learn how to get involved, go to

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