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Since the 1980s, LKPB has provided engineering design services for many projects at the Como Zoo, including the Large Cat House, Seal Island, and the Polar Bear Odyssey.

Como Zoo
Gorilla Forest
Saint Paul, Minnesota

The Como Zoo aimed with high expectations when deciding to remodel their gorilla exhibit. In hopes for an appropriate area to not only hold a gorilla family, but to also make mating these endangered species possible, on June 6th, 2013, Como unveiled the largest mesh gorilla enclosure in North America

The $11 million dollar redesign features 13,000 square feet of outdoor space, landscaped with ponds, waterfalls, viewing perches and plenty of natural light and foliage. In order to obtain this world-class exhibit, major enhancements and expansions were included to the indoor exhibit and secluded facilities as well as vital improvements to the ventilation, lighting and drainage. The exhibit was raised above ground level as both a preference to the animals and a better view for patrons.

The restructured exhibit is almost three times the size of the original and is now home to seven happy gorillas: Schroeder, Dara, Nne, Alice, Jabir, Virgil and Samson.