About the Project

The South America’s Pantanal exhibit allows guests to explore the tropical wetlands of Brazil right here at the Houston Zoo. The lush habitat highlights protected animals in the wild and the exhibit features habitats for jaguars, howler monkeys, giant river otters, macaw and curassows, turtles, rays, anacondas, mixes species with tapir, giant anteater, rhea and capybara, and a South American bird walk- through aviary. The Zoo offers guests the chance to see these animals in an immersive and engaging trail. As you enter the South America’s Pantanal exhibit, you encounter a set of rustic buildings, set on piers, evoking the eco- lodges that can be found alongside the rivers and streams in the Northern Pantanal region.

The Numbers

  • 110,000

    Sq Ft
  • 20 months


The Details

Type: New
Components: Animal exhibits, open space
Sector(s): Community
Client: Houston Zoo


  • Architect: Brave / architecture
  • MEP Engineer: Collaborative Engineering Group
  • Structural Engineer: MLA Engineering
  • Civil Engineer: Walter P Moore Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Studio Hanson Roberts

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