Cameron Park Zoo Brazos River

Waco, Texas

Alvine Aquatics was contracted to complete the life support, mechanical and electrical systems design for this $8.5 million project. In this dynamic display area, visitors travel through Texas along the Brazos River to experience the wildlife from indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Design features include a cost-effective use of “raw” lake water rather than potable water to conserve resources and lower operating costs.  A time clock-controlled lighting system is used to reverse the day and night cycles of nocturnal animals.

Major Exhibit Areas

  • City 1: The Gulf Reef (underwater viewing of fish)
  • City 2: Salt Marsh (underwater viewing of alligators and free ranging masses of shore birds)
  • City 3: EastTexasForestand Pineywoods (otter, black bear, coyote, cougar, porcupine and eagles)
  • City 4: Postoak and Blackland (amphibians and native birds)
  • City 5: Cross Timbers (nativeTexascat focus)
  • City 6: Edwards Plateau:Brazosat Night (skunk, kangaroo rat, opossum, raccoon, horned owl, bobcat, bat, barn owl, chimney swift)
  • City 7: High Plains/Cap Rock (bison, prairie dogs, and Mexican wolf)

Mechanical Systems

  • Ozone injection systems for disinfection
  • Active carbon treatment of the makeup city water
  • Rapid flow sand filtration
  • Gas-fired boilers and chilled water cooling for salt water tanks and animal rocks (hot/cool)
  • Automated controls for makeup water, HVAC, disinfection and exhaust systems
  • “Water floor” at the nocturnal bat exhibit to control droppings
  • Natural gas for building heating, water heating and emergency generator
  • HVAC systems of exhibits, keeper spaces and offices
  • Brazosstream exhibits with waterfall

Electrical Systems

  • Outdoor exhibit lighting including outdoor moonlighting effect
  • Power distribution
  • Emergency power
  • Flexible indoor lighting scheme adjusting to changing exhibits for night events
  • General area illumination
  • Time clock controlled lighting used to reverse day and night cycles of nocturnal animals
  • Hidden UV light sources for reptiles