Now open! Lost Kingdom allows guests to roam through lush gardens and settings inspired by ancient Asian cultures, such as the city at Angkor-Wat.
Lost Kingdom is the new home for ambassadors of some of Asia’s rarest and most elusive species, including Malayan tigers, snow leopards, Chinese alligators, siamangs, binturongs and Komodo dragons.
The large, interactive spaces of the Helmerich Tiger exhibit, the Hardesty Snow Leopard Habitat, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Siamang Habitat, and the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Komodo Dragon exhibit showcases the animals in naturalistic habitats.
The new Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation seasonal exhibit for binturongs and red panda showcases these two new-to-the-zoo species year-round; binturong in spring and summer, red panda in fall and winter.
The Hille Foundation Tiger Bridge allows the Malayan tigers to walk above zoo visitors to travel between outdoor spaces.
Training areas are an integral part of the exhibit. Both the Suzanne and Jim Kneale Family Foundation Tiger Demonstration Area and the Barbara and Lynn Owens Snow Leopard Demonstration area give guests an opportunity to watch zookeepers work with the animals, demonstrating the positive reinforcement training necessary for the best in animal care.
“We designed the Lost Kingdom complex to provide immersive, year-round viewing opportunities where zoo guests can feel like they have walked into a forgotten land,” says TZMI Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Lindsay Hutchison. “Exploring among the ruins teeming with wildlife, zoo visitors will feel a mixture of curiosity and engagement; curiosity about the animals they are viewing, and a desire to engage in conservation.”
The complex features two dining options – an upscale pizza restaurant at George Kaiser Family Foundation Rajan’s, allowing guests to dine up close with the tigers, and an outdoor snack shop, which replaces the former Trunk Stop CafÃ©. The Ann and Jack Graves Komodo Canteen will offer two shaded seating areas where guests can relax with a sweet or salty treat, and enjoy fantastic views of the wildlife around them.
The Tulsa Zoo wishes to thank the generous donors who have made Lost Kingdom a reality:
The Helmerich Trust | City of Tulsa Taxpayers through the Improve our Tulsa Initiative
Hardesty Family Foundation | Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation
Anne and Jack Graves Foundation | Suzanne and Jim Kneale Family Foundation
Lynn and Barbara Owens | Founders of Doctors’ Hospital, Inc.
Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation | George Kaiser Family Foundation
H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust | The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation
Bank of Oklahoma | Hille Foundation
Additional donors include: E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation; Frank and Gayle Eby; Williams; Hannah and Joe Robson; Bailey Family; Great Plains Coca-Cola; Alma and Nick Robson Foundation; Stuart Family Foundation; Harold and Edna White Foundation; The Mervin Bovaird Foundation; William S. Smith.; and The Oxley Foundation.
Thank you to Kathy Taylor and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation for their support of the Master Plan and making these dreams a reality.
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