Native Predators: Project Summary
- The new Sequoia Park Zoo will feature animals and exhibits grouped together to tell a specific story as visitors move through the zoo. The Barnyard was our first theme, built in 2003 to tell the story of animals whose lifestyles are shared with humans. The next zone of focus is called Native Predators, and will feature the stories of most of the small and large predators that make their living in the forests in our local watershed of Humboldt Bay.
- The first of these new exhibits will be River otter, salmon and Bald eagle, opening in 2014 as part of our Watershed Heroes project. Nearby, new natural exhibits for Spotted owl and Common raven will be built.
- The next main anchor exhibit for Native Predators will be a sizable new Black bear exhibit, which will occupy around an acre of forest on the west side of the zoo. This exhibit will be large enough for several bears to explore among trees, logs, pools, and nature.
- Mountain lion will live adjacent to bears in the redwood forest, exploring its territory or perched on rocks above, surveying the surroundings. A visitor walkway passing under the mountain lion’s pathway will demonstrate in importance of wildlife corridors for predators.
- Bobcat and coyotes are mid-sized predators who will occupy dynamic natural-habitat exhibits in this zone.
- Pacific fisher is a small and elusive native predator that plays a key role in our forests, but is threatened with extinction in much of its range. This exhibit is placed next to North American porcupine, a prey species that is important to several of these predators.
- Overlooking our Black bear exhibit we envision a one-of-a-kind forest canopy walkway that brings visitors high up into the mid-canopy of the redwoods in sequoia Park. This elevated walkway will provide a rare but safe opportunity for people to see the scale, scope and complexity of a redwood forest and some of the old growth giants and their complex aerial structures that still reside here.