SEATTLE–The first phase of the Bamboo Forest Reserve is the opening chapter of a dynamic, new exhibit complex at the heart of Woodland Park Zoo.
It debuts squealing Asian small-clawed otters, a tropical aviary, a kids’ nature play area, and the zoo’s new twin sloth bear cubs, all bringing to life the sounds, smells and sights of the Asian tropical forest.
Designed by Studio Hanson/Roberts, this exhibit project marks the most ambitious zoo project since the award-winning Trail of Vines opened in 1996.
During the second phase of this $19.6 million project, the immersive scene will transform the zoo’s 60-year-old, outdated tiger and sloth bear exhibits into a spacious, naturalistic and state-of-the-art home for these endangered species. The exhibit opened May 3.