Houston Zoo

Houston, Texas

In 2008 Houston Zoo embarked on a campaign to raise $80 million dollars for the most ambitious project in its history, The African Forest. This habitat sequence extends over a 7-acre area and includes many species of endangered animals: chimpanzees, orangutan, western lowland gorillas, southern white rhinocerous, okapi, Masai giraffe and others. Coyle & Caron was hired The Hormay Company and PJA Architects to give life to the complex design by creating a physical model that became the centerpiece of the Zoo’s fundraising efforts. The completed model was over twenty square feet and mounted on a custom tilting table designed and built by Boston furniture maker Katherine Elliot. Since its opening in 2010 The African Forest has been a catalyst for Houston Zoo’s expanding presence in the local community and their participation in conservation programs.