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A zoo is a city -- rather, a world -- unto itself.  Its inhabitants run, swim, fly, or even travel through the rainforest on vines; some of them get oxygen from the air and others breathe it in through their gills underwater.  Their natural habitats range in climate from the Arctic to the Sahara and everything in between; they come in all shapes and sizes and their diets are just as varied.  As if replicating so many different natural environments were not enough of a challenge, there are the zoo visitors to consider as well!  Exhibits must be designed and built to create the optimum experience for those on both sides of the viewing window.

Site/civil and structural engineering services play a significant role in creating and maintaining optimal environments for the animals, zoo staff, and visitors.  Silver Creek Engineering has provided these services to the Indianapolis Zoo for several exhibit areas throughout the zoo, including the International Orangutan Center, the Cheetah Exhibit in the Plains, the Tiger Forest, the Encounters Exhibit, and the Oceans Building.


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Articles of Incorporation for Indianapolis Zoological Society filed

Indianapolis Zoo opens at George Washington Park

Zoo employs full-time education staff

White River State Park chosen as site of new zoo

Old zoo closes after hosting over 5 and a half million visitors

Grand opening of new zoo at present White River State Park site



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