Something spectacular has been on the way for two years, and now, it’s finally here. Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience opened to the public on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
“This is a truly special moment for the Zoo Atlanta family. This is a project that has been years in the making,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “It’s incredibly rewarding to finally have the experience open for everyone to enjoy. We think our visitors are going to be floored when they see the complex, not just by what they see inside, but also by just how different Scaly Slimy Spectacular is from anything else in the Zoo, or anything else in the city, for that matter.”
The product of two years of construction, Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience is an $18 million project housing around 100 individual animals representing more than 70 species from around the world. Winter Johnson Group served as the project’s General Contractor, with architectural design services provided by Torre Design Consortium, Ltd. The complex’s more than 9,700 square feet of hand-crafted rockwork was created by cement sculptors at Gregory George Designs, LLC. Developed in collaboration with Allure Global Solutions, Inc., the animal identification signage is entirely digital and interactive and features a variety of photos and videos of animal behaviors.
Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience includes more than 65 animal habitats and some 60,000 gallons of water in its aquatic environments, including a 30-foot naturalistic waterfall and a river designed to replicate Georgia’s own Flint River system. Habitats represent some of the world’s most iconic wild places, including a windswept desert, African savanna, Australian billabong, mangrove swamp, Georgia tidal creek, Pacific Northwest stream and many more. The complex’s Georgia eXtremes section houses native species and showcases Georgia’s role as a North American hotspot of biodiversity.
Developed in partnership with designers at Dragon Army, the “Scaly Slimy Spectaculator” game, which invites guests to answer questions and earn cards to customize their own reptiles, is playable at kiosks within the experience. Visitors may also access the exhibits’ animal identification signage via smartphone or desktop here.
The complex is open daily during Zoo operating hours, and there is no additional cost to visit. To learn more, visit ssspectacular.zooatlanta.org.