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The pittsburgh zoo cole lusk

The Pittsburgh ZooCole Lusk


The pittsburgh zoo cole lusk

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a 77-acre facility that is home to thousands of animals representing hundreds of diverse species. Committed to education, research and wildlife conservation, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is actively involved in 64 Species Survival Plans and proudly exhibits 72  threatened or endangered species. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the country. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is dedicated to providing an unique opportunity for all our visitors to enjoy our animals, and to learn about the care, and needs of animals.


The pittsburgh zoo s evolution

The Pittsburgh Zoo’s Evolution

  • On June 14, 1898, the Pittsburgh Zoo opened

  • The Zoo's Master Plan for renovations began in 1980

  • In 1991,a five-acre indoor rainforest housing 16 species of endangered and threatened primates and more than 150 species of tropical plants.

  • In January of 1994, the once city-run Pittsburgh Zoo became a private non-profit organization owned and operated by the Zoological Society of Pittsburgh

  • In 2000 a 17.4 million dollar aquarium opened

  • In 2003, Zoo Officials created short and long range plans that included adding a new polar bear, sea otter, and walrus exhibit.  The design team then went on a "vision quest " throughout the country to evaluate individual exhibits and to form a basis for design for each animal's habitat. 

  • Today Pittsburgh Zoo is home to many animals and research projects that benefit those animals.


The pittsburgh zoo cole lusk

  • These are some

    examples of the

    Re-designed habitats

    for the animals.


The pittsburgh zoo cole lusk

The design team did research at zoos around the world in order to successfully design the animals habitats.

  • Challenges

    • Creating an environment comfortable for animals and the visitors.

      • Make the animals visible without creating insecurity.

  • Problems

    • The habitats were so natural the animals were hard to spot.


Here are some examples of how water can be used to lure the animals into view

Here are some examples of how water can be used to lure the animals into view.


Other solutions

Other Solutions

  • Heating rocks also bring animals into a comfortable environment while allowing them to be viewed .

  • Strategically placed food sources draw the animals into the open where they can be seen.


Project impact

Project Impact

  • These are examples of how the zoo is currently being used in positive ways.

    • The species survival plan or SSPs were developed to manage the breeding of captive animal populations in order to maintain healthy, self-sustaining populations that are both genetically diverse and demographically stable

    • Behavior and ecology of Orangutans living near human settlements.


Animals being served

Animals being served

  • African elephant African lion Aruba Island rattlesnake Black rhinoceros Black and white colobus monkey Bornean orangutan Cheetah Chinese alligator Cichlid Cotton-top tamarin Gibbon Giraffe Golden lion tamarin Gibbon Giraffe Golden lion tamarin Mandrill Ring-tailed lemur Ruffed lemur Siberian tiger Snow leopard Spectacled bear Tree kangaroo Western lowland gorilla


Thank you

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