The Race For Survival
The cheetah may be the fastest animal on land, but creating a new home for it at The Indianapolis Zoo took more than three years of careful planning. While the exhibit was being designed and constructed, the zoo staff was busy locating and preparing for its five new inhabitants. In the summer of 2010, the exhibit opened to the public as Cheetah: The Race For Survival.
Silver Creek Engineering designed all structural components for the exhibit, including the Holding Building and adjacent retaining walls, the Pedestrian Bridge, and the Viewing Structure. We designed the roof supports, structural columns, load bearing walls, foundation systems, and the lateral load resisting system.
We also provided the site design for the exhibit, including the grading and drainage systems. We designed grading, ditches, a detention/retention system, piping, and flow control devices. We provided the design and details for pavements, sidewalks, pads and curbs. We supplied plans detailing erosion control methods during and after construction.
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The Bat-Eared Fox:
Bat-eared foxes, like cheetahs, live on the open savannahs of Africa. For this reason, they were included as part of the Cheetah exhibit. With ears over five inches tall, they contribute to the welfare of the savannah by eating a variety of insects, including grasshoppers, scorpions and spiders. But their favorite meal is the termite. In fact, an adult eats about 1.15 million termites annually. Silver Creek Engineering designed the catenary cable structure that supports the overhead mesh netting in the exhibit.