The Minnesota Zoo in the US has started building Treetop Trail to repurpose the zoo’s original monorail track.
Once built, the 1.25-mile Treetop Trail is claimed to become the world’s longest elevated pedestrian loop, carrying visitors up to 32ft above the ground and offering them an ‘immersive’ experience of nature, upon its completion in the summer of next year.
Minnesota Zoo director and Minnesota Zoo Foundation president John Frawley said, “Nature heals, restores, and inspires us.
“The Treetop Trail is a key component of the Zoo’s future. It will reinforce our reputation as a trusted nature destination and is an evolution of the role that zoos play around the globe.”
Minnesota Zoo has received funds of more than $30m of its $39m target through philanthropic contributions and public support.
The Treetop Trail will be a reused construction project as it would integrate into the track’s current footprint.
The zoo has contracted Snow Kreilich Architects; engineering firm Buro Happold, and construction partner, PCL.
These firms are responsible in ensuring construction of the project creates less disturbances for the animals and visitors of the zoo.
An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Minnesota Zoo is also an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).
Image: Minnesota Zoo has received funds of more than $30m of its $39m target through philanthropic contributions and public support. Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay.