The Philadelphia Zoo created its Zoo360 experience several years ago. A series of exploration trails throughout the facility allow animals to move safely above guests through a network of see-through mesh trail ways.
The zoo worked with Polin Waterparks to enhance this overhead experience. They opened a new exhibit called Water Is Life: Red Panda Pass and Otter Falls. It is a redesign of its former Carnivore Kingdom exhibit.
The new exhibit offers exciting new experiences for the animal residents, as well as sending an important message to guests.
Water Is Life highlights one of the planet’s most important resources and showcases its role in shelter, nourishment and play for animals and humans alike. Water sculptures offer guests changing visual effects, allowing them to interact with, think about and engage with water.
There are two main areas in the new exhibit. Red Panda Pass has a winding maze of overhead bridges and tunnels in which the zoo’s red pandas roam and explore. Otter Falls is a new aquatic version of the Zoo360 experience. The most eye-catching feature of Otter Falls is its oversized slide through which the creatures can frolic, swim and slip.
Guests have enjoyed the new exhibit both in person and online. A video of the otters playing in the pool and on the slide has more than 16,000 views on the zoo’s Facebook page.
Polin worked on the project’s design and construction alongside longtime partner Aquatics by Westwind (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada).
Aquatics by Westwind Owner Bart Deeg said:”Seeing otters have fun with waterslides is an amazing experience for Philadelphia Zoo guests. This project greatly helps to point out water’s importance for all creatures around the world. It has been honor and pleasure being part of this project.”
Polin has built its internationally renowned reputation on catering to millions of clients who are thrilled by its 3,000 waterpark projects in 105 countries around the world.