Photos and Updates
August 19, 2010: Lots and lots of work under way
Work in recent days on the Toyota Elephant Passage construction site at Denver Zoo is more than moving dirt – a lot more.
Trees: Artificial trees are being “planted” to form fence posts on Habitat F. Dead wood removed from the site last fall is being reused to form a flooded forest on the gibbon islands on Chang Pa Wildlife Preserve, one of three Toyota Elephant Passage exhibits. Live trees also are being replanted in various parts of the project as construction allows (above). Live and dead trees removed from last fall’s site demolition are being reused as part of the Zoo’s green initiatives and sustainability program.
Rockwork: Final coats of “mud” have been applied to rockwork on Habitat F. As you walk by this part of the project, you will notice many of the rock formations are starting to look more finished and how they will appear when the project opens in the summer of 2012.
Pools: As the adjacent Asian Pavilion (above) building’s walls continue to rise, pool E is emerging. Also, on pool A, the heated pool is being created. Warm water will flow into the heated pool and over a dam into pool A.
Buildings: Final connections to the filtration building are being made. The filtration building will filter all the water used in the project’s many pools, a crucial ingredient to Toyota Elephant Passage. The foundation for the gibbons’ boardwalk is complete and crews are backfilling between the walls. Soon, the boardwalk will be created.
Other construction: Behind the black-canvassed chain link fence opposite the eland and bongo yards, crews are installing utilities and rock formations. The re-routed path in this area was necessary for this work to progress and will be in place until early October.
Free Toyota Elephant Passage Construction Tower Tours
The tour allows Denver Zoo visitors to view the Toyota Elephant Passage construction site from its 36-foot tall tower. Volunteers will help explain progress, the importance of Toyota Elephant Passage, how we’re helping animals at the Zoo and how you can help this amazing initiative. Tours are based on a first-come, first-served basis. Space and time is limited for each tour. Tour dates are listed below:
- July 22: 10 a.m.-noon
- July 30: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- August 2: Noon-2 p.m.
- August 4: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- August 10: Noon-2 p.m.
- August 14: 1-3 p.m.
- August 21: 10 a.m.-noon