Baboon Exhibit at Africa Rocks, Concept Art by San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo Expansion: Africa Rocks

The San Diego Zoo is preparing for a massive centennial celebration in 2017 and the centerpiece of this celebration will be the upcoming Africa Rocks exhibit.  Africa Rocks will take zoo patrons on an adventure throughout the continent that spans a variety of ecosystems.


Concept Art by San Diego Zoo

The Africa Rocks experience will see the replacement of old exhibits that were built in the 1930’s with new immersive ones that will give guests a much more impressive view of the animal ambassadors living at the zoo.  The budget for the project is $68 million, making it the largest expansion project in the zoo’s 100-year history.


Concept Art by San Diego Zoo

The first of the African environments that visitors will encounter will be the kopje gardens, home to the klipspringer (a small antelope) and rock hyrax exhibits.  Following the kopje gardens, visitors will be led to the Savannah habitats, which will be home to zebras, ratel, hornbills, and baboons.  After trekking across the Savannah, guests in Africa Rocks will encounter African tropical forests, home to leopards, vervet monkeys, and an aviary.


Concept Art by San Diego Zoo

The trail through Africa Rocks will then lead to a 65-foot waterfall that marks the beginning of the Madagascar exhibits.  In Madagascar, visitors will encounter lemurs, fossa, and crocodiles.


Concept Art by San Diego Zoo


Concept Art by San Diego Zoo

The final major exhibit of Africa Rocks will be Penguin Beach, home to a colony of African penguins.  The zoo hopes to be actively involved in the conservation of this endangered species through establishing a breeding program for the penguins, and as such, the back of the exhibit will contain 30 burrows that will lead to nest boxes for penguin breeding.  At Penguin Beach, guests will also have the pleasure of watching the birds from an underwater viewing perspective into the penguins’ 60,000-gallon pool.


Map of Africa Rocks Project, Concept Art by San Diego Zoo

Africa Rocks is an exhibit not to be missed, especially because its opening will be accompanied by other special celebrations at the San Diego Zoo for their 100th anniversary.




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