Royal Oak, Michigan
Detroit Zoological Society
Polk Penguin Conservation Center
The new Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo, a $30 million facility opened in 2016, is the largest center in the U.S. devoted to public education on penguin conservation.
Home to over 80 penguins of four species—Rockhopper, Macaroni, King and Gentoo—this Antarctic habitat optimizes animal well-being and encourages wild behavior, including sliding, diving, nesting, and rearing young. In 2017, the Center won the Top Honors Exhibit Award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).Above: Photo by Detroit Zoo
Following the Dublin Zoo Master Plan developed by Jones & Jones, the Director of the zoo charged us with creating a new habitat for the zoo’s family of Western Lowland Gorillas. The design for this new tropical forest habitat is based on the swamp forests of the Lac-Tele Reserve in the Congo, giving the zoo’s gorillas plenty of space with over an acre of diverse habitats similar to the grassland, forest and river matrix of their ancestral home.
Above image courtesy of Dublin Zoo Above image courtesy of Dublin Zoo