The Lost Kingdom Exhibit – Tulsa Zoo

  • Lost Kingdom Tulsa Zoo Nabholz construction contractor


Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc.


Tulsa, Oklahoma


PGAV Architects

The $21  million Lost Kingdom exhibit project is not only the first, but the centerpiece project of an over $150 million, 20-year master plan. “The completion of Lost Kingdom will allow us to continue work on our master plan, focusing on the African section of the zoo next,” says TZMI Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Lindsay Hutchison. “We hope everyone is as excited as we are as we re-build the Tulsa Zoo into the zoo this community deserves.”

The Lost Kingdom allows guests to roam through lush gardens and settings inspired by ancient Asian cultures, such as the city at Angkor-Wat. Covering nearly five acres, The Lost Kingdom provides industry-leading animal habitats and unique guest amenities. The Snow Leopard Habitat and Tiger Exhibit features a Tiger Bridge, where visitors can safely observe a critically endangered tiger species as it crosses over the guest pathways. Other habitats include a Red Panda/Binturong Exhibit and Aviary, an outdoor Siamang Habitat and indoor Siamang Dayroom as well as a Komodo Dragon Exhibition.

This project required unusual building materials, such as bulletproof glass and functional waterfall components. In addition, this project required the highest level of care in preventing disruption to the existing habitats, exhibitions, animals, and visitors. Special considerations were taken for this project, including tight containment of construction debris, preventing noise pollution, setting specified working hours, special measures to reduce the stress of the animals, and additional security for all exhibits.