Explore the Exhibit

making waves


Explore the Exhibit


3D Overview Site Plan:

Making Waves exhibit 3D site plan rendering map

Our Making Waves campaign improvements will include:

A State-of-the-art Hippo Exhibit – Our current exhibit is nearly 58 years old and no longer meets the needs of our growing visitor base! Right now we are using 60,000 gallons of water a day to maintain healthy environments for these animals. We know we can do better! Our new hippo exhibit will have an up-to-date filtration system that will drastically reduce our use of water. With the added filtration system, guests will be able to view the hippos, which will include fish, as well as enjoy them in a larger, much more natural enclosure. This larger exhibit will also be able to accommodate a male hippo and (hopefully) baby hippos in the future!

A Brand New Penguin Exhibit – With this new exhibit, our African penguins will receive indoor/outdoor access, and guests will enjoy excellent viewing opportunities. Guests can waddle with our penguins in a free roam space outdoors, allowing for an exciting and unique experience!

Tortoise Feeding Experience – See 15 African spurred tortoises, the third largest tortoise in the world! Experience a whole new feeding opportunity that will surely be a highlight of your day!

New Nature Play area and Suspension Bridge – The suspension bridge will give guests of all ages a whole new view of the hippo exhibit – maybe even see a hippo directly below you! It will lead to the NaturePlay area where younger guests will have the opportunity to use their imagination and burn off some energy.

A Modern EdVenture / ADA Complex – With a growing Zoo comes a growing number of employees and programs. The new EdVenture/ADA Restroom Complex will provide much needed space for our education programming staff. Located near the Zoo’s front entrance, the complex will replace the current aged EdVenture building across from the gift shop. The new complex will allow us to locate ADA-accessible public bathrooms much closer to our main entrance. With over 750,000 visitors last year, we must be diligent in our continued ability to respond to guests’ needs.