New home for ambassadors of Asia’s rarest and most elusive species
ST. LOUIS – Inspired by the settings of ancient Asian cultures such as Angkor-Wat, the Tulsa Zoo’s newest PGAV-designed attraction – Lost Kingdom – is now open!
The all-new region is home to ‘ambassadors’ of many Asian species, including Malayan tigers, snow leopards, Chinese alligators, siamangs, binturongs, and Komodo dragons.
“This important exhibit allows the Zoo to replace the more than 50-year-old tiger and snow leopard exhibits,” said Terrie Correll, president and CEO of Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. (TZMI). “One of the challenges we initially had with Lost Kingdom was helping our community to envision major exhibit habitats on the scale we’ve been talking about; now with the opening, our guests can experience large–scale immersive exhibits. They’ll have a visual in mind as we talk about future exhibits.”
Two new-to-the-zoo species, red pandas and binturongs, are now featured in the seasonal Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Red Panda/Binturong Exhibit and Aviary, while the Hille Foundation Tiger Bridge allows an exciting experience with Malayan Tigers as they walk above zoo visitors.
Lost Kingdom features many large, naturalistic, interactive habitats and spaces including the Helmerich Tiger exhibit, the Hardesty Snow Leopard Habitat, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Siamang Habitat, and the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Komodo Dragon exhibit.
“Lost Kingdom has been an incredible opportunity to create one of the most immersive, exciting zoo environments for both animals and guests that PGAV has ever designed,” said John Kemper, PGAV vice president, and design and master planning team lead on Lost Kingdom. “Our innovative and passionate team has designed state-of-the-art facilities for behavioral enrichment in natural settings, including the ability for animals to make choices in their daily lives.”