Indianapolis Zoo: Kangaroo Crossing

  • Location: Indianapolis
  • Completed: June 2022
  • Delivery method: Design-Build

Powers & Sons was selected by the Indianapolis Zoo for a project encompassing about 10,000 total SF.  The new exhibit marks the first time the zoo has had a kangaroo exhibit since 2009. The habitat provides an interactive visitor experience with free-roaming 'roos and cockatoos that fly overhead. Work included a 3,000 SF structure to house over a dozen red kangaroos. The building includes an aviary attached to the structure on two sides. Metal columns support stainless steel welded-wire mesh netting for a protective canopy over the space. Net sidewalls come down to the fence to keep the birds enclosed. Inside, the structure is waterproof so zookeepers can easily spray it down during cleaning. The concrete-block structure features a water retardant in the mortar and a water sealant on the block. The caging system has sliding doors that open and close via a pulley system rather than door handles, which could be opened by the animals.