Ireland Brown Constructions were engaged to construct a purpose-built gorilla exhibit within the grounds of Werribee Open Range Zoo that will house three male gorillas, Melbourne Zoo’s former breeding silverback Motaba and his two sons Yakini and Ganyeka.
The standalone architecturally designed exhibit structure incorporates a full range of services and finishes required to ensure that the Gorillas new environment is reflective of their native habitat. The construction and fit out include the erection of structural steel and timber framing as well as timber and metal cladding. Internally custom steel cages have been designed and fabricated, with heat pads set within the slab to provide underground heating. External works include general landscaping and the supply of water and further heat pads to the overall exhibit.
All works have been undertaken within a fully operational zoo facility. Complex traffic management and safety procedures were adhered to when plants, materials and heavy machinery were transported through open exhibits and public areas. IBC co-ordinated works and programming with neighbouring sites and with the specialist trades directly contracted by the Zoo.
The new exhibit is located on an island close to the entry of Werribee Open Range Zoo and be a major feature of the zoo.