Riverside Discovery Center Grizzly Bear Exhibit

Located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, the Riverside Discovery Center engaged zoo design firm Salas O’Brien to convert an existing zebra yard into the new Grizzly Brothers exhibit for two orphaned grizzly bear cubs who were brought to the center from a nearby national park. Linking to the history of the region, Salas O’Brien’s conceptual design included a water tower climbing structure designed to promote greater physical activity and fitness for the bears, provide a cooling water feature during the hot summer months, and provide a central focal point for visitors. The concept design also included two potential viewing blinds and an off-exhibit holding facility for the bears.

A future phase of the project will include the construction of the Bear Bluffs Center, an indoor facility with views into the Grizzly Brothers exhibit that will also include an indoor trout stream, views into the center’s existing swift fox exhibit, a new conservation-themed Wyoming toad exhibit, and an array of classroom teaching laboratory and events spaces.


Zoo Design

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3,155 square feet




Jason Buch