Elephant Trek will be a spectacular 5-acre landscape of habitat and gardens with engaging features for animals and humans alike. It will support a multi-generational Asian elephant herd, and will put our Zoo on the leading edge of elephant care, research, and management:
The new habitat will be nearly five times the size of our current elephant yards and will include 4 acres of grass and sandy terrain, with trees, plants, rocks, and water features that mimic the Asian elephant’s native habitat. At the center will be a 22,000 square foot Elephant Barn – featuring communal and off-habitat spaces for elephants, as well as areas for visitor viewing, events and staff offices.
Identified by experts as a key component of modern elephant programs, the Barn will feature a 10,000 square foot communal room with high ceilings for our elephants to congregate, socialize, exercise, and create strong family ties. It will have a full-depth sand bed and enrichment features that simulate natural outdoor environments for animal well-being, with flexibility and keeper access to allow for safe rotation of elephants.
Keeper support areas including break rooms, lockers and offices, individual elephant holding rooms, and special maternity dens ensure this building will be on the leading edge of elephant care.
Cincinnati Zoo Development Dept. – 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH – 45220 (513) 559-7716