An Incredible Journey


Uncover the Features of this Spectacular $13.5 Million Exhibit.

Donors, members, educators and general Zoo visitors continue to have their expectations elevated - each improvement at the Zoo makes it easier to get around, gives the animals first-class new homes, and makes the entire Zoo experience more meaningful. Here's what you can experience in Encounter Africa:

 


LION EXHIBIT FEATURES: 

  • New building with larger dens and a day room so they can choose to all be together, or to spend time by themselves.
  • Large sheltered glass viewing of the lions when they are in their inside day room area
  • Heated rock outcroppings
  • Upper and lower viewing areas
  • Water buffalo carcass sculpture for feeding demonstrations







RHINO EXHIBIT FEATURES:

  • Shallow pool
  • Bush airplane cantilevered from top of exhibit (guests can view rhinos from inside the plane)
  • Life-sized rhino sculpture
  • Mud wallows
  • Radiant heat








ELEPHANT BARN FEATURES:

  • Solar-heated water
  • Misters
  • Large natural substrate sand stall
  • 6” deep Splash Stall with elephant-operated warm-water shower
  • Enrichment tree
  • 180 degree loft viewing of elephants when inside the barn





ELEPHANT EXHIBIT FEATURES:

  • Deep and shallow pools
  • Mud wallows and waterfall
  • Dry riverbed
  • Shade structures
  • Scratching tree
  • Radiant heat

MEERKAT EXHIBIT FEATURES:

  • Hot rocks
  • Radiant heat
  • Termite mound
  • Enrichment logs




SKYBRIDGE FEATURES:

  • Tall suspension-style bridge over the top of the outside elephant
    exhibit and demonstration areas.
  • Bridge offers spectacular views of the city, leading visitors to/from the inside elephant barn viewing areas.

AMPHITHEATER FEATURES:

  • Will feature elephant training and enrichment “shows”
  • Allows guests to see elephant-keeper interaction, training and husbandry





SAFARI ENTRY PLAZA FEATURES:

  • Traditional safari “tent” to be used for interpretation and education programs
  • Four life-sized African elephant sculptures "acting" as they would in the wild
  • Panoramic Front Range views of the city of Colorado Springs and beyond









AUSTRALIA EXHIBIT IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Funds raised through this campaign will help provide improvements to Australia, which currently houses Bennett's and Parma wallabies, Budgie Buddies, American alligators, and the reptiles in the Scutes Family Gallery.

OVERALL SITE PLAN - Encounter Africa:

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