Zoo Knoxville Honored with National Award for Exhibit Design

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The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that Zoo Knoxville has been recognized with AZA’s 2019 Exhibit Design Award for its significant achievement in creating the Boyd Family Asian Trek exhibit. Zoo Knoxville received this national award during AZA’s September conference in New Orleans.

With its annual Exhibit Award, AZA recognizes excellence by an AZA-accredited facility (US or international) or certified related facility member in the areas of exhibit design and providing visitors with the opportunity to engage in observing and learning about the animals.

Boyd Family Asian Trek’s four-acre campus is Zoo Knoxville’s largest, most interactive and immersive project to date. Completed in March, 2018, Asian Trek features Tiger Forest, Gibbon Trails, and Langur Landing. These state-of-the-art habitats showcase Malayan tigers, white-naped cranes, white-handed gibbons, and silvered leaf langurs. It also received the distinction of being voted one of the top 10 animal exhibits in the country by USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice travel awards in 2018.

Development team: Blaine Construction, CLR Design, Gecko Group, Johnson Architecture, and Partners Development


About Zoo Knoxville

Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Currently, the zoo is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes.


About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and eleven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world.