Future of the Zoo
Scheduled to open in December 2008, the $50 million, 27-acre Amazon and Beyond exhibit is the largest exhibit of tropical America flora and fauna in the United States and possibly the world. The size of an average zoo, with 120 additional species, including keystone animals like the anaconda, giant river otter, jaguar, and harpy eagle; Amazon and Beyond will significantly expand the Zoo's collection and adds new conservation, research and educational opportunities.
Amazon and Beyond represents the second phase of the Zoo's 20-year $350 million master plan. Planning and design has just begun for the next two phases: Zoowide "facelift" improvements and the Florida exhibit.