re than 3,000 gifts for the project from business and foundation partners, members, volunteers, staff, children and the community as a whole, helping us exceed our $50 million campaign goal,” Piper said. “We are very fortunate to live in a community where so many people share our vision for conserving wildlife and ecosystems.”
The Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit is free with the price of admission,
7News reports, but reservations are required to ensure guests gain entry to see the 10 acre complex featuring six expansive outdoor yards, three animal crossings, and more than 1.1 million gallons of water for the exhibit animals to enjoy.
The exhibit’s grand vision does not end with the size of the complex or beauty of its animals — The Toyota Elephant Passage recently received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the entire site and all of its buildings. But the construction isn’t the only forward-thinking quality of this exhibit, the zoo is also launching a new new waste-to-energy system, designed by three full-time zoo staffers, that will convert 90 percent of the zoo’s total waste stream — from both animal residents and human guests — into clean energy.
The zoo expects the sustainable energy system to eliminate
1.5 million pounds of trash that currently goes into landfills annually
Called gasification, this alternative energy source does exactly what it sounds like it does —
animal droppings and human trash are converted into pellets and those pellets are then turned into energy. The zoo showcased a working version of the gasification system in their poo-powered, motorized rickshaw which drove from Colorado to California back in March. See pictures of the poo-powered tuk tuk . here
The grand opening begins today and goes through August 19. Access to the exhibit is included with a yearly membership or general admission ticket. Zoo ticket prices below:
Ages 12-64 — $15
Ages 65+ — $12
Ages 3-11 — $10
2 and under — FREE
Reservations can be made in advance online
at zoo’s website, or at the zoo on the day of visit, but due to the expected large turnout, it is highly recommended that guests make online reservations in advance.
For more information on timed entry reservations, parking and what to expect from the new exhibit,
visit The Denver Zoo’s Elephant Passage timed ticket FAQ page.
LOOK: Images, video from the new Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit at The Denver Zoo