The project involves the renovation of the existing Sumatran Tiger exhibit into a new highly engaging, dramatic and rewarding exhibit for visitors. It aims to inspire and motivate visitors to act to contribute to and create positive changes for the tiger’s future. The exhibit will allow visitors to observe and interact with tigers in a setting reminiscent of the tiger’s natural habitat of Sumatra.
Surface Design has been engaged by Lahznimmo Architects to provide Sustainable Design advice for the exhibit. Some of the proposed initiatives include the use of certified timber and bamboo products to minimise environmental impacts, use of energy efficient lighting and appliances & waste minimisation in construction and recycling in operation. A solar electric boosted hot water system will be used to keep tigers warm in cold winter months via heated pads in dens and rainwater will be collected for irrigation on site.
The Sumatran Tiger is classified as critically endangered, with less than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world. Visitors will be educated about unsustainable palm oil plantations and how they are a major contributing factor of habitat loss for tigers. For more information on Taronga Zoo’s ‘Raise Your Palm’ campaign, please click here.