Wild Florida was sensitively planned and designed to take advantage of 2.5 acres of natural wetlands on the zoo campus. Wild Florida was designed to exhibit species native to the state of Florida as well as some that have been extirpated.
The overall habitat is home to alligators, black bears, red wolves, whooping cranes, bald eagles, bobcats, Florida panthers, white-tailed deer and an owl species. The Reptile House exhibits over 25 different species of reptiles and amphibians including the Eastern Indigo Snake.
The Alligator xhibit in particular has been well-received. The zoo has a large collection of mature alligators; and the proximity and perspective is dramatic, especially during their feedings.
Designed to allow zoo staff to construct the project in-house, the design features very common construction techniques, creative use of materials and an intelligent use of space and existing landscape.
Jacksonville Zoological Society
ELM Project Leadership
Individual experience of Russ Ervin and Steve Lovett while with Powers & Merritt.