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#1 Austin55

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Posted 03 October 2016 - 12:33 PM

Anyone noticed all the advertising around for this? I've gotten ads online, especially on instagram, and I've seen a bunch of ads on benches in downtown and W7th, and I've seen atleast 2 driving billboards roaming downtown around lunch hours. 

 

awildervision.com leads to a website with nothing but a countdown (currently at 12 days)

 

Some of the ads are in the shape of a Rhino, so this must all be about the Serengeti expansion at the zoo. Gotta give them big props for the advertising. 

 

A bit more on the Serengeti expansion from the Chamber of Commerce site,

 

 

The Fort Worth Zoo plans to devote more space for breeding programs for iconic large animals. Mike Fouraker, the zoo’s executive director, laid out a preliminary plan to the City Council for a new Serengeti Project for the zoo’s collection of rhinoceros, elephants, and giraffes. Excavation work will start in January or February on an undeveloped 10-acre site at the zoo, said zoo spokeswoman Alexis Wilson. All renovations and construction associated with the Serengeti project will be privately funded. The zoo has pledges of $20 million.

 



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Posted 03 October 2016 - 01:51 PM

Nice sleuthing.   :swg:



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Posted 04 October 2016 - 02:00 PM

All the banners on the streetlights downtown are ads to. They're doing a lot to hype this up.

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Posted 16 October 2016 - 04:07 PM

Fort Worth Zoo launches public phase of $100 million campaign

2018 - African Savanna and new event space
2020 - Elephant Springs
2022 - Hunters of Africa and Asian Predators
2025 - Forests and Jungles

http://www.star-tele...e108599012.html

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 07:22 PM

https://www.fortwort...african-savanna

 

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#6 John T Roberts

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 07:56 PM

I guess I will let the cat officially out of the bag.  My firm, Halbach-Dietz Architects, have been working on this project for quite some time.  We are the architects for all of the buildings you see on this site plan. 

 

All of us at the firm attended the announcement today.  I also had the opportunity to feed one of the giraffes.  A short tour was given of the construction site.



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 09:23 PM

View from above with Google Earth.

 

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 10:01 PM

updated

 

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 01:16 PM

Austin, thanks for posting.  It's really fun to see a major contribution of my firm to the urban landscape.  I'm proud to say that I have had a part in this project.  There's more to come.  This is just Phase 1 of four.



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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:11 AM

The African Savanna, the first phase of Wilder Vision, is just one week away from opening. https://twitter.com/...8185469952?s=20

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:52 AM

I would like to encourage every Fort Worth Forum member to come see the first phase of the "Wilder Vision".



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:40 PM

I would like to encourage every Fort Worth Forum member to come see the first phase of the "Wilder Vision".


Im going soon.. just not right away because Im sure there will be major crowds

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:13 PM

If anyone does go, you will get to see some of the buildings that I have been working on over the last two years.



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Posted 16 April 2018 - 10:30 AM

My family has been members of the zoo since our son was born.  Zoo members get to go to a special preview of the new space an hour before the zoo opens.  Hopefully we can make it.

 

Being members of the zoo has been great.  It's very nice to be able to just pop in whenever and not worry about seeing everything.  We typically show up when the zoo opens, decide which animals we want to see that day, and leave at lunch.



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Posted 19 April 2018 - 08:50 PM

Well, I had a busy day today.  I went to work at 8 AM and worked a little while then, my office attended the media event at the Fort Worth Zoo this morning. We all went to lunch at Chimy's afterwards, and then I returned to my office for a little while and worked on some floor plans of some schools.  Then at 4:20, I had to be at another FWISD school where we are doing some assessments for the Bond Package.  We are required to do this work after school hours in order to not disrupt classes.  I stayed there until 6:30.  I went home and ate dinner, then I made a quick walk through at Main Street.  I got home a little after 9 and I'm pooped.  I will be back at the school until about 6:30 tomorrow night.  My original plans were to walk on Main Street right after I left the school, but some friends altered their plans, leaving me with time to kill and I was hungry.  So, I went home for a little bit.

 

I'm sorry for giving you a detailed description of my day, but I do want to say that the African Savanna is really nice and is a big improvement over what was there.  If you get a chance, you should go see this wonderful addition to the Fort Worth Zoo.  This is the first phase of the Wilder Vision. 



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Posted 20 April 2018 - 07:58 AM

Here's a link to the Fort Worth Business Press article on the opening:

 

http://www.fortworth...b427c8e80f.html

 

And here's a link to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article:

 

http://www.star-tele...e209336004.html



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Posted 20 April 2018 - 08:03 AM

I'm not sure I have words to express how excited I am to see the new hippo habitat!



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Posted 20 April 2018 - 08:04 AM

JTR, for the part that your firm contributed, many thanks and appreciation for securing the Fort Worth Zoo's place nationally as one of the finest zoos in America.

 

The pride and pleasure that we can all feel should also make you very proud as well.







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