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Detroit Zoo

Northern Log Supplies Wood Products for Otter and Giraffe Exhibits

As one of Michigan’s largest family attractions, the Detroit Zoo is home to more than 2,100 animals of 230 species. It’s a great place to watch cute little otters splash around in the water or hand-feed the giraffes. Now, it’s an even better place to visit, thanks to a few upgrades made to both of these exhibits.

In 2017, Northern Log Supply worked with the Detroit Zoo and Builder Nick Piziali to renovate the otter and giraffe exhibits. For this project, the zoo wanted to renovate the otters’ 2,500-square-foot exhibit, which incorporates both indoor and outdoor living environments. This meant covering up the old, outdated tile on the walls with half log siding and installing wood paneling on the ceiling to create a more natural look indoors, as well as spruce up the outdoor oasis with log trim and corners.

The zoo also needed to build a new fenced enclosure for the giraffes’ African Grasslands habitat. Being the tallest mammals in the world, the fence needed to be 200-feet long and 8-feet tall for the giraffes.

Wood Products Supplied by Northern Log Supply for the Detroit Zoo

For the otter exhibit:

Hand-peeled half log siding
Pine vertical corners
Hand-peeled pine outside and inside corners
1x6 white pine tongue and groove paneling for soffits and ceiling

For the giraffe exhibit:

Half pine logs of varying sizes: 4”-8” and 8’-10’

Northern Log Supply halved, removed the bark, and power washed all logs before installation.

hand saw

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