NOW OPEN - Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear
“Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear” features multiple species, ensuring this as one of the most popular destinations within the park.
Visitors get an unobstructed view of the bears’ hillside habitat from inside a Peruvian lodge. The lodge contains interactive educational displays and features an aquarium with fresh water stingrays and other aquatic species that inhabit the Peruvian Amazon Basin.
Upon exiting the lodge, guests encounter the world’s smallest deer, the pudu, as well as a group of over twenty guinea pigs. The habitat highlights the importance of these domesticated animals to Peruvian culture.
Learn more about this new exhibit!
COMING SOON - Sumatran tiger exhibit
Originally built in 1989 as a black bear exhibit, the Zoo’s tiger exhibit was in great need of renovation. The new exhibit will be home to three female Sumatran tigers.
Improvements to the exhibit will enlarge the tigers’ habitat and night quarters, as well as add a new indoor viewing area for guests. The viewing building will feature reinforced glass panels for the closest possible view of these majestic cats, a training panel so guests can interact with keeper staff, and interactive displays to engage and educate visitors about tiger conservation.
In addition, the outdoor bridge viewing area will be renovated to visually mirror the Asian architectural components featured on the new viewing building.
Construction Update - July 2018
Both viewing structures are built - and now it's all about the details. This exhibit features thousands of feet of hand-painted woodwork and interactive, educational elements. Crews are currently working on installing lighting, applying interior and exterior wall coverings, as well as completing major water features in the exhibit. The three Sumatran tigers are now living behind the scenes at the Zoo after traveling from Knoxville Zoo this past spring.