SEATTLE – Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo on Thursday showed off design plans for the Zoo's all new, naturalistic exhibits for Malayan tigers and sloth bears.
A two-acre space will be transformed into a state-of-the-art, naturalistic environment more than three times the size of the current exhibits.
The Zoo says the new exhibits will provide tigers, sloth bears, Asian small-clawed otters, and other species representing the biodiversity of tropical Asia with a naturalistic 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.
The $19.6 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.
Artists renderings of the design plans can be viewed at www.morewonder.org.
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 $1,000 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 www.zoo.org