The Asia Trail is a six-acre trail and habitat sequence located on the northern side of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Rock Creek Park. The trail uses the Zoo’s topography to create a variety of ways for visitors to interact and observe wildlife indigenous to Asian forests including: sloth bear, clouded leopard, fishing cat, Asian small-clawed otter, red panda, giant salamander and giant panda.
The Asia Trail opened in October 2006 and was awarded the Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design by the Washington D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The design team was led by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBWLA) and Chatelain Architects, and also included ARUP and Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
Coyle & Caron, Inc. assisted NBWLA in the overall concept integration for this $53 million dollar project and was responsible for the habitat design including the: sculpted geologic emulations, animal enrichment and containment systems.