Asian small-clawed otters coming to Woodland Park Zoo! New home for sloth bears and Malayan tigers

Asian small-clawed otters coming to Woodland Park Zoo! New home for sloth bears and Malayan tigers

Credit: Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

Asian small-clawed otters coming to Woodland Park Zoo! New home for sloth bears and Malayan tigers

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by Joy Opsvig - Community Relations Intern

KING5.com

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 6:28 AM

There is a new exhibit coming to Woodland Park Zoo and KING 5 will be part of making it a reality.

On May 4th, The Woodland Park Zoo will unveil phase one of their Asian Tropic Forest Initiative. This first phase marks the completion of the naturalistic exhibit for Asian small-clawed otters, a new species coming to the zoo! The exhibit is designed with the otter’s specific needs and sustainability in mind, complete with a waterfall, rocky outcroppings, and wetlands. It will be one of Woodland Park’s Zoo’s greenest designs featuring an entire pool with a closed-loop biofiltration system.

The second and final phase of the Asian Tropic Forest Initiative is now underway and will include new exhibits for endangered Malayan tigers and sloth bears. The Woodland Park Zoo is excited to reveal their two new sloth bear cubs born this past December. The three month old cubs are currently living behind the scenes as they wait for their new home to be built, but this May 4th, a temporary path will open up to give visitors access to see the cub’s exhibit. Phase two of the campaign will raise money for the development of their new home.   

The Asian Tropic Forest Initiative marks the most extreme makeover the zoo has seen since the 1996 Trail and Vines exhibit. The Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit will consume two entire acres and be part of the zoo’s Tropical Asia bioclimatic zone. Once open, the zoo’s 1.2 million annual visitors will have an immersive experience with Malayan tigers, sloth bears, Asian small-clawed otters, snake-necked turtles, fairy bluebird, shama thrush, argus pheasant and pekin nightingale.

Fundraising is a critical element, as the price tag for the exhibit is projected at $19.6 million. Through community support, the Woodland Park Zoo has been able to make their Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit a reality. Please join KING 5 in supporting the Asian Tropic Forest Initiative and contribute to the final phase of the zoo’s dramatic makeover.

“Visit  http://www.zoo.org/morewonder to make a donation then watch the exhibit unfold”

 

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