Auckland Zoo – Pridelands
The African Savanah at Auckland Zoo has been rebuilt and features a walk through aviary, a waterfall, stream and watering hole, a fully glazed pavilion for turtles, enclosures for the meerkats and a boardwalk and viewing platform for close encounter with the giraffes. The new exhibit brings the public in much closer contact with the animals and the animals themselves benefit from a much more natural environment.
The aviary steel mesh is suspended off a network of catenary cables attached to a series of guyed and cantilevered posts.
The turtle pavilion features minimal structural elements and connections, the watering hole is a concrete shell suspended on piles due to the poor quality of the ground.