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Cat Canyon Progress

Just a quick update on Cat Canyon, which is scheduled to open in just a few weeks.

As always, last minute adjustments made on site during the construction process have to be considered when preparing to install signage, as we are discussing in the photo below.

Discussing signage placement


The tiger viewing shelter is shaping up nicely. The glass window is in and the trellis is finished. A shallow pool sits just in front of a good part of glass window.


Tiger viewing shelter

The animal yards are coming together, too. Here the sod is being laid in one of the tiger enclosures. Other plants, trees and bamboo, have been planted.


Rolling sod

And here’s a shot of the first tiger yard, complete with a rainbow!


First tiger yard

June 11, 2012   1 Comment

Cat Canyon Construction Continues

With beautiful weather like today, the construction crew down at Cat Canyon is busy. The snow leopard and tiger enclosures are really starting to take shape and the tiger viewing shelter is going up. Most of the public paths have been paved and the footers are in for the tiger sculpture and an artificial tree sporting claw marks. Horticulture has started bringing in plants and getting ready to landscape. Next week the sound system and speakers will go in and we’ll start planning where to pipe in the tiger roars and such. Our signs are still in production, which is fine because they are usually the last elements to be installed. See how the exhibit construction is coming along for yourself in Thane’s latest video.

May 18, 2012   No Comments

Cat Canyon Tiger Sculpture

The Graphics team and I visited the Kingdom Productions Inc. studio today to check on the progress of a tiger relief sculpture they’re working on for the Cat Canyon exhibit. Zoo Curator Mike Dulaney came along to provide his expert opinion on the tiger’s shape and color.

Here is a mock-up of the tiger’s face in detail. I love the effect of the bouncy ball eyes, but I imagine they’ll be replaced in the final piece.

Detailed prototype of tiger face

Detailed prototype of tiger face

This is the foundation for the life-size tiger relief made of concrete and clay. I didn’t get a real crisp image, but you get the idea.

Full body

Full body

Here is a close-up of just the tiger face. I wish I were so talented!

Close-up of tiger head

Close-up of tiger head

Now that the full body tiger has Mike’s stamp of approval, the next step will be to make a rubber mold. The final piece will be made from that with fiber reinforced concrete. Then, they’ll add on some nylon whiskers and paint the body. After checking out the painting sample below, Mike suggested that the colors need to be a bit darker and more muted.

Painted tiger head

Painted tiger head

We were very impressed with what we saw. It will be exciting to see the final piece come together over the next couple of months!


April 25, 2012   1 Comment