Centerpiece of zoo’s new African Forest rises toward sky – News – The Florida Times-Union

Towering tree with network of overhead trails will be visible almost immediately to visitors as they enter African Forest exhibit, which encompasses four acres of naturalistic habitat for the gorillas, bonobos, mandrills and lemurs that will call it home.

Two western lowland gorillas paused while sunbathing Monday to glance at a 48-foot tall steel, woven cable mesh and sprayed concrete Kapok tree reaching skyward nearby what soon will become the signature centerpiece of the new African Forest exhibit at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

The gorillas went back to basking, apparently satisfied at the progress of the human primates building the first-of-its-kind zoo structure — a combination observation tower for zookeepers and researchers…

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