In 2006, the Zoo opened Asian Highlands, it’s big cat exhibit. The old Feline Building was renovated to depict an Asian Highlands village with outdoor yards for our Amur tigers, Amur leopards, snow leopards, Siberian lynx and Pallas’ cats. From various locations throughout the village you can view our cats in naturalistic environments.
All of the animals in this exhibit represent areas of Asia with climates similar to Utah and will be able to be outside in their exhibits year-round. Interact with three of our 42” LCD touch screens to learn about big cat ecology and how they survive in such rugged areas, what they eat and how they influence the peoples and cultures of their native regions. One exhibit features a waterfall and large pond where visitors can watch a tiger playing underwater. Children can learn about the perspective of an older generation by playing and interacting in "Grandma’s House” while getting a kid’s eye view of our three Siberian lynx.
When you get hungry you can enjoy Chinese cuisine in our new eating area. Cat Wok Café, with plenty of covered seating with great views of our newest exhibit.
Thanks to the residents of Salt Lake City for passing a general obligation bond in 2003, which made this project possible. Asian Highlands opened in June of 2006.