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South America

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From the Amazon to the Andes, South America is home to a dazzling display of creatures. Immerse yourself in the natural scenes of South America while getting up-close with jaguars, Canada lynx, maned wolves, flamingos, bald eagles  and more.


Cats of the Americas

Undergoing enhancements; will be closed to walking traffic.
Plans are to reopen in March 2020.

Some of the top predators on the planet live at the Cats of Americas exhibit. This exhibit is home to our Canada lynx and Puma. Visitors may get an up-close encounter of the cats patrolling the edge of their habitats.

COMING IN 2020: The Sloth Experience

See our future vision for the South America area in the Zoo’s new Master Plan.



Big Cats

In addition to habitat degradation and loss of prey, many big cats are hunted for their fur, bones or other body parts. All seven species of big cats are listed as Threatened or Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. Learn more about conservation efforts for big cats at