Asian Tropical Rainforest stage I: Tiger/Otter exhibit at Melbourne Zoo



This paper contains a description of the steps involved in developing stage I of Melbourne Zoo's Asian Tropical Rainforest area, including constraints and opportunities, relationship to the Master Plan, research, development of graphics and, ultimately, design and construction of the exhibit. The project occupies an area of 2040 m2, including an aviary but excluding the 200 m2off-exhibit facilities, and was constructed at a cost of AUSS745 000. Stage I was developed to display Sumatran tiger Panthera tigris sumatrae, Asian small-clawed otter Aonyx cinerea and Binturong Arctictis binturong.