One of these exhibits, Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear, opened in March 2018, marking the first time this species of bear has been housed at the zoo. The experience features an authentic, indigenous village with a Peruvian lodge and several observation points where visitors can see the beautiful bears, including one underwater. While the bears are the main attraction, the exhibit also includes the southern pudu (one of the world’s smallest deer), guinea pigs, the cotton-top tamarins (a critically endangered South American primate) and freshwater stingrays.
Tiger Crossroads is another experience drawing intrigued visitors to the zoo. This exhibit features four-year-old female Sumatran tigers, and Bartoo says visitors cross an amazing bridge to get to the tigers.
“People are saying it feels like they’re at Disney,” he says.
Visitors get up close and personal with the majestic cats through reinforced glass windows and an interactive training wall, where they can watch keepers target train the tigers. The bridge represents Asian architectural components with intricate, hand-carved woodwork.