Oklahoma City Zoo Galapagos Tortoise Exhibit

Salas O’Brien was the zoo design firm Oklahoma City Zoo chose to design a new Galapagos Tortoise exhibit at the site of its existing children’s zoo area as part of its ongoing Master Plan renovations. The Galapagos Tortoise exhibit consists of an indoor holding facility with a sand floor and an artificial pool, providing public viewing from the exterior during the cold winter months. The holding facility serves two large tortoise yards, one for males and one for females. We designed a unique exhibit boundary rail from a donated drilling pipe from a local oil company. Our team has created an exhibit yard that preserves the existing tree cover, ensuring that the tortoises have natural shade for comfort. We have also included areas such as a mud wallow which promotes tortoise enrichment and wellness.


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14,500 square feet