The latest exhibit at the Stone Zoo, Caribbean Coast, completes the second phase of the new entry and welcome plaza project. This $4 million upgrade features four distinctive areas. Flamingo Flats, a 6,400 square foot walk-through aviary with American Flamingos, Scarlet Ibis, Macaws, and endangered Jamaican Iguanas. Caribbean Coast offers the only exhibit in New England that allows guests to feed flamingos. A new bush dog exhibit was also included within the zoo’s construction agenda. An interactive “flamingo yoga post” where kids can mimic flamingo behavior, along with percussion instrument displays and an outdoor multi-use garden space round out the four attractions.
COST was contracted to provide shop drawings and engineering for the rockwork, waterfalls, ponds, and streams within the animal habitats. Prior to starting construction, scale models were also built to present the artistic intent. Once shop drawings and models were approved, COST crews mobilized to the site and constructed habitat ponds with simulated rock and earthen textured edging treatments. The bush dog exhibit required additional detail as the simulated granite rock formations were close to patron viewing stations.
COST worked with general contractor Commodore Builders and landscape architect/exhibit designer Coyle and Caron, an Orlando-based firm.