The new Watershed Heroes exhibit is finally emerging from the construction zone that's been at the center of the Sequoia Park Zoo for much of the past year. With all eyes on a planned early summer opening, the focus now is getting the otter and salmon habitats ready for their new residents. The salmon pool walls are in place, and the plumbing is going in now. Boulders for the otter waterfalls are in place and the otter pools are being formed. Interpretive signs are nearing completion, and other interpretive elements, including stream invertebrates, spawning salmon, and redd (salmon nest) models, are in production. The brand new learning lab will begin construction in a week or two, and native plant landscaping starts later this month.
It’s been a long and exciting journey for everyone associated with the Zoo, and indeed everyone who’s visited since construction started last summer – the change is huge, and it’s going to be so much fun to have otters back at the zoo. And I just learned that the viewing tunnel is going to be big enough for adults to crawl through as well as the kids – I can’t wait!