Thursday, October 08, 2015
Our congratulations to the Great Plains Zoo, who received the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Top Honors Award for Exhibit Design (for the annual operating budgets under $5 million category) for its Snow Monkey (Japanese Macaque) exhibit. Completed in 2013, the CLR-designed “Monkeys, Magic and More” project added eye-catching appeal to the entrance of the Zoo and included 180-degree views from covered shelters in the Snow Monkey exhibit, including one building that is heated for year-round use. Currently, the Great Plains Zoo is one of only 13 U.S. zoos to care for Japanese Macaques. South Dakota’s cold winter climate is well-suited for a Macaque exhibit as Snow Monkeys are native to the snowy mountains of Japan.