GRLA is proud to share in the excitement of the public opening of the newly created Wild Cat Station at Worcester’s EcoTarium.
Two mountain lions and several native bird species are at the center of Wild Cat Station, a new spectacular outdoor exhibit. Through innovative design and re-purposing of the former polar bear habitat, the mountain lion habitat ranges across two stories in height, offering multiple viewing stations for guests.
One of the largest mountain lion exhibits in the U.S. at 18,500 SF, the exhibit meets all accreditation standards and USDA requirements to house large carnivores. Comprised of grass, trees, logs, rocky alcoves, and outcroppings that allow the cats to utilize their natural abilities of climbing, scratching, and jumping, the new habitat was designed with all four seasons in mind and includes a conditioned space to house the cats inside at night and during inclement weather events.
Multiple viewing stations offer visitors opportunities to enjoy the magnificent cats whose lives started out under less than ideal circumstances. The orphaned brother/sister pair were found emaciated and sickly in California; a team of wildlife keepers at the EcoTarium continue to nurse them back to health. The new enriching environment will allow for on-going behavioral training while providing guests an up-close perspective in a natural environment.
In addition to the two mountain lions, the exhibit will also include bird habitats and provide important educational information about rodenticide and the implications it has on a variety of species.
GRLA is a long-standing partner of the EcoTarium, having designed multiple projects for the last decade. Working with Cutler Associates to bring Wild Cat Station to fruition is truly a mission-accomplished.
Learn more at: https://ecotarium.org/exhibit/wild-cat-station/