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Lincoln Park Zoo

Customer Need

The Lincoln Park Zoo of Chicago hired Ambius for the installation of the new Regenstein African Journey Pavilion.

The Solution

Our installation crew was challenged to install 170 large specimen trees and almost 1000 smaller plants into various exhibits. Because of the many complicated mechanical features incorporated into each animal enclosure, multiple mobilizations were needed to bring this project to completion. An additional challenge was the stop-start progression of construction during which the large specimen palms and trees needed to be maintained. 

Dozens of trees were rigged and hoisted by various methods to get to their final position. Due to restricted access and intricacy of the exhibits, trees and soil were lifted to upper elevations by a telescopic forklift.

The Result

The African Journey Pavilion is one of the most highly visited attractions of Lincoln Park Zoo today. To quote from the Zoo’s own guide: “…(The) diversity of design provides a wide range of experiences. Whether you’ve toured Regenstein African Journey 20 times or never entered, there’s always more to see…”

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