Franklin Park Zoo Gorilla Grove Exhibit

WholeTreesEducation/Institution, Zoos

Completed: 2022Location: Santa Clarita, CAFranklin Park Zoo: The Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, Massachusetts, enrichment trees, or trees with fabricated branching designed to carry the load of adult gorillas. In addition to these fabricated trees, WholeTrees is also producing interior wood wraps and a prominent structural column at the viewing shelter for this exhibit *Image Credit: WholeTrees Enrichment Tree Concept Drawing …

Living Desert Zoo

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Completed: 2021Location: Palm Desert, CAWholeTrees applaud the zoo’s leadership for walking the talk, choosing a regenerative structural system for their Crossroads of Conservation exhibit expansion. Doug Fir from our forestry partners, Port Blakely, are showcased in a stunning structures shown here.Architect: GLMV ArchitectureGC: D.W. Johnston ConstructionEngineer: KPFF Seattle

San Diego Zoo Wildwood Park

WholeTreesLandscapes/Playscapes, Zoos

Completed: 2021 Location: San Diego, CA This nature playscape features climbing logs, balance beams, log bridges, and a large climbing tree “bouquet” that connects to a bridge. 3D scanning helped align design and product for a very unique piece with specific design requirements. Collaboration with engineers and the landscape architects determined final rotation, branch length, angle, and height. This bouquet …

Minnesota Zoo Tiger Lair

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Completed: 2020 Location: Apple Valley, MNThis cantilevered commercial shade structure will enhance the zoo’s updated Tiger Lair. Branching black locust columns support black locust beams and rafters for this 300 square-foot structure. A steel tension rod complements the structural round timber bringing the vision to reality.Architect: Damon Farber GC: WholeTrees Structures Engineer:  Engineering VenturesCompleted: 2020 Location: Apple Valley, MN This …

Houston Zoo Pantanal Exhibit


Completed: 2020 Location: Houston, TXWholeTrees works with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to restore an oak savanna along the Wisconsin River in the southwestern part of the state. Black Locust is an invasive species here and WholeTrees harvests the trees to provide us with immensely strong and durable timbers for building while also helping make this forest system healthier. …

Columbus Zoo – Elephant Shade

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Completed: 2019 Location: Columbus, OHWe updated our elephant shade canopy design – both its aesthetic and structure. The first version, which you can find installed at Maryland Zoo, features a round timber roof on partially timber-wrapped steel columns. This structure gives the elephants a break from the sun while allowing the public continuous views as the elephants relax in the …

Philadelphia Zoo Gorilla Climbing Structure

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Completed: 2019 Location: Philadelphia, PAGorillas living under human care don’t always have as many climbing opportunities as their cousins in Africa, so Whole Trees is proud to have designed, engineered, fabricated and installed an all natural climbing structure for the gorilla families at The Philadelphia Zoo, to help them feel more at home. Built from Black Locust and White Oak, …

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

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Completed: 2018 Location: Baltimore, MDWe are so excited to be part of the new African Journey exhibit at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Whole Trees teamed with CRL Designs to create commercial wood shade structures for the Lions and Giraffes and Elephants.  The Lion Exhibit will include round timbers incorporated with steel mesh and glass allowing visitors and intimate interaction …

Birmingham Zoo Playscape

WholeTreesLandscapes/Playscapes, Zoos

Completed: 2017 Location: Birmingham, AlabamaWholeTrees partnered with the Birmingham Zoo to create round timber play equipment for the Zoo’s natural playground. Each structure was built from black locust sourced from Wisconsin public lands. The play features are placed with careful consideration for existing landscape features, plantings, and varying elevations across the site to create place-based relationships. Designed for a wide …

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

WholeTreesEducation/Institution, Landscapes/Playscapes, Zoos

Completed: 2017 Location: San Diego, CAThis elegant commercial shade structure in the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park is set against a backdrctural system for the main event hall, including columns, beams, rop of rolling hills and exotic wildlife. WholeTrees provided the struafters, and two soaring structural arches. These pre engineered mass timber elements interact with steel frames and dimensional lumber …