Making Waves Overall Site Plan:
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Our Making Waves campaign improvements will include:
A State-of-the-art Hippo Exhibit – Our current exhibit is nearly 65 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 African 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 – Because our penguins and hippos currently share the same building, they have many of the same needs. Our penguins currently do not have access to an outside exhibit, but with this campaign, will receive indoor/outdoor access and guests will enjoy excellent viewing options. Our goal is to promote a successful breeding program for the penguins and provide an amazing experience for our guests.
A Modern Guest Services / EdVenture / ADA Complex – With a growing Zoo comes a growing number of employees and programs. The new Guest Services/EdVenture/ADA Restroom complex will provide much needed space for our growing guest services and 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 691,000 visitors last year, we must be diligent in our continued ability to respond to guests’ needs.