On Monday January 14, 2019, the Zoo will begin its next phase of boardwalk replacement in front of the black-handed spider monkey habitat. The boardwalks from the South American mixed species exhibit to the perching hyacinth macaws will also be impacted throughout this process.
Animals may be off habitat at times during the construction, which is expected to be complete by early March. During the boardwalk closures, the animals will continue to be cared for by the animal care team in behind-the-scenes areas or in their public habitats.
A private contractor will be completing the boardwalk replacement in segments, while the Zoo’s facilities team makes repairs and upgrades to the spider monkey habitat. Guests can expect to see construction workers and equipment in the area near the otters and gazebo near Dragonfly Pond.
The Zoo opened at its current location in 1975 and works to continually improve animal habitats—making them more enriching and naturalistic—while also preserving the historic Florida surroundings of the property and ensuring guest safety throughout the facility.
Funding for these improvements were provided to the Zoo through a grant from the Seminole County Tourism Development Tax.