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Wildlife Explorers Basecamp at the San Diego Zoo

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The new 3.2-acre Denny Sanford Wildlife Explorers Basecamp at the San Diego Zoo encompasses four environmental biomes with animal habitats and landscapes associated with each. It creates an immersive architectural, landscape and interiors environment that encourages wildlife explorers of all ages to learn about nature, actively play and interact, encounter new species, and develop empathy and compassion for wildlife. Guests can enjoy Basecamp’s architectural details by passing under a trellis covered by giant leafcutter ant sculptures, stepping into a waterfall grotto, climbing an ancient oak tree by a rope bridge and more. The project seamlessly connects the newly constructed areas with the existing infrastructure and pathways of the Zoo, while establishing new access routes for service and emergency vehicles. The project integrates unique materials such as reclaimed wood, roof and wall assemblies that are transparent to welcome in light, decorative metal panels, vegetated wall systems, rubber play surfaces and more. A point of pride for San Diegans, the San Diego Zoo and its new Wildlife Explorers Basecamp creates a memorable space for local and visiting change-makers to begin their journey with nature.  

2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego, California 92101

Project Owner/Developer:
The San Diego Zoo

Contact Name/Email:
The San Diego Zoo Eamonn Farrell efarrell@sdzwa.org

Project Architect/Designer:
ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells

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