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Oregon Zoo Elephant Lands Opens

CLR Design
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Oregon Zoo - Elephant Lands
The most ambitious project in Oregon Zoo history is now complete. Elephant Lands, a world-class home for a world-famous elephant family, opened to the public December 16. Years in planning and construction, the new exhibit sets the bar for elephant welfare and choice. As Heidi Rahn, the bond program director, explains, "This new habitat lets elephants be elephants, making their own decisions about how they spend their days and nights." CLR is proud to have designed this milestone project.
Oregon Zoo - Elephant Lands Concept Illustration
2012 CLR Concept Illustration

Great Plains Zoo Honored for Snow Monkey Exhibit

CLR Design
Thursday, October 08, 2015

Our congratulations to the Great Plains Zoo, who received the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Top Honors Award Details 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.

New USA Today Poll - Best Zoo Exhibit

CLR Design
Monday, May 04, 2015

Philadelphia Zoo - Big Cat Crossing - CLR Design
USA Today just released the results of their poll of the Top 10 Best Zoo Exhibits. We applaud all the zoos named in the poll, including four collaborations with CLR Design: Philadelphia Zoo’s Big Cat Crossing (#1), Dallas Zoo’s Giants of the Savanna (#3), Fort Worth Zoo’s Museum of Living Art (#4), and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s African Elephant Crossing (#9).

Penguin Coast

CLR Design
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

We are thrilled to have designed this latest state-of-the-art exhibit for the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Modeled upon the theme of an abandoned mining settlement near the Namibian Skeleton Coast, this new site houses a large collection of African Penguins along with Cormorants.

The design of the overall exhibit provides a rare 360° public viewing experience that incorporates various landscape conditions, designated feeding demonstration areas, and a small amphitheater for educational presentations by the animal staff. Underwater and above water viewing is supplemented with dynamic water features such as wave actions and jet streams that help facilitate animal enrichment as well as an exciting guest experience.
Additional animal-visitor “beak-to-cheek” interaction is available through special Penguin Encounter tours which provide guided keeper experiences and special photo opportunities.