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Friday, September 24, 2010

Our Upgraded Tiger Deck & Tables

Written by: Ashley Stalvig

If you have been visiting the zoo for more than a year you may remember the concerning state of the old Tiger Deck. The concrete was crumbling and uneven, looked quite unattractive, and was eventually closed to visitors for safety purposes. Well, not anymore!

The Tiger Deck has received a make-over! The deck has been fitted with new tiles, a GreenGrid roofing system, recycled materials picnic tables and umbrellas. We are very proud of this improvement, not only because it looks great, but because it serves a purpose as well. The Tiger Deck and tables are helping us in our conservation efforts and are environmentally friendly!
The plants found on the Tiger Deck naturally transform heat and soil moisture into humidity, cooling the building directly below in warm weather. Conversely, in the famous cooler weather of Duluth, the green roof provides added thermal mass to the building’s roof to help keep the building warm. This simple feature is helping us save money on our heating and cooling efforts, as well as use less energy and non-renewable resources.

The new tables on the Tiger Deck are made from 100% polyethylene which is converted from recycled milk jugs. Each table keeps 2670 milk jugs out of landfills. We currently have six tables which means we reused 16,020 milk jugs! These milk jugs provide our guests with some sustainable seating which can be completely recycled several years from now when the tables are no longer functional.

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