Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo
Phase one of zoo’s new Asian tropical forest exhibit opens in May and will include Asian small-clawed otters, a tropical aviary and kid’s nature play area.

New zoo exhibit will feature otters, sloth bears, tigers (oh my!)

Coming this spring, the Woodland Park Zoo will be opening a new Asian tropical forest exhibit.

Construction on it began last year as part of the More Wonder More Wild Campaign. Phase one of the 2-acre exhibit complex will feature Asian small-clawed otters, a tropical aviary and a kid's nature play area.

Phase two of the exhibit will feature Malayan tigers and sloth bears, including the newborn sloth bear cub born last month.

“We are in the home stretch of our $80 million More Wonder More Wild Campaign,” Jensen said, noting that about $9.7 million remains to be raised for the Asian Tropical Forest Initiative. “We are very grateful for our community’s generous support. They recognize our zoo as a treasured community asset, and we truly appreciate their investment in helping ensure a sustainable future for wildlife and people locally and around the world."

“Tiger conservation will be at the heart of the Asian tropical forest exhibit with the Conservation Action Center,” added Jensen. “The educational hub will allow visitors to connect with real success stories from our field conservation partners, learn about the global tiger recovery plan, and how living with predators is a key challenge both in the Northwest and around the world.”

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