In Africa, the second largest continent, the savanna covers almost half – about five million square miles – and is home to the largest diversity of hoofed animals in the world and the fierce predators that follow them. Now you don’t have to travel all the way to Africa to experience the majesty of the savanna – you can enjoy it all at the Zoo’s African Savanna exhibit.
Lion Hill features heated concrete, cool grottos, and atop the hill, perfect rock perches mighty enough for the king of beasts – two males, three females. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring guests nose-to-nose with the piercing golden eyes of these magnificent predators with the Wasatch Mountains serving as a picturesque backdrop.
Rolling grasslands, dotted with trees allow the giraffe, zebra, and ostrich to mix and mingle – much like they would in the wild. The pointed, thatched roof of Twiga Terrace, is the primary landmark of African Savana. The circular construction of Twiga Terrace (Twiga is Swahili for ‘giraffe’) boasts a 50-foot diameter with a handrail height of 42 inches – ideal for getting eye-to-eye with one of nature’s most unique mammals. Twiga Terrace offers impressive open-air views of the Grasslands and Lions’ Hill and is located in the heart of African Savanna – the perfect vantage point for observing the rhythm of life!