Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) September 2018 - Page 4

Putting TOGETHER THE PIECES: Building Homes for animals I f you've visited the Zoo this spring or summer, you're probably wondering, "What's happening with that tall fenc- ing next to African Outpost and Tiger Tundra?" While passing Glacier Run, you may have noticed a large building be- ing erected in the distance, or witnessed the steel beams rising from the ground near the African Outpost. These are the construction sites of our newest exhibits — Snow Leopard Pass and Colobus Crossing — slated to open early next spring, and designed to give you a glimpse into the coastal forests of Kenya and the mountainous regions of Nepal. The stunning black and white colobus monkeys and the elusive and beautiful snow leopards will be the ambassadors for these vibrant, unique ecosystems. Are you wondering why those species, why new multi-million dollar exhibits and why now? The 4 • Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Fall 2018 Zoo's recent master plan that was completed in 2016, plus a collec- tion plan focused on animals and species that will benefit most from our Zoo's support, guide the Zoo's major decisions. This includes the choice of species, areas of the Zoo to develop and when, the basic goal and story behind new and renovated exhibits, as well as guest engagement innovations, educa- tion programs and more. (See our current master plan at LouisvilleZoo. org/masterplan.) We also take into account the particular talents and expertise of our staff, our poten- tial conservation partners and the fundraising climate. And, if we are considering bringing new species and animals to the Zoo, we must determine if there are individual ani- mals available within the Associa- tion of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plans that would benefit from being moved to a new habitat or family group in Louisville. Then, there are scenarios when animals (like our grizzly bears) need sanctu- ary or rescued sea lions need a new