ASIAN BAMBOO GARDENS & KOMODO DRAGON EXHIBIT
Project: Asian Bamboo Gardens and Komodo Dragon Exhibit
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Owner: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Construction Cost: $2.79 Million
Project Size: 1,764 SF (4 acres – Monsoon Asia)
Completion: March 2009
The Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s newest permanent exhibit opened to the public in March 2009. Monsoon Asia, which includes the Asian Bamboo Gardens and Komodo Dragon Exhibit is themed after a variety of Asian cultures.
The first area that greets visitors is the Asian Bamboo Gardens. A traditional Moon Gate welcomes visitors to the Asian Bamboo Garden, an exhibit which features a koi pond, lotus pool, bamboo forest, and a 1,764 square foot pavilion.
The rambling path weaves through the garden, including a off-shot that takes guests into a bamboo forest, which is complete with bronze sculptures of an iconic Asian animal, the Giant Panda.