Denver Zoo's Asian Tropics exhibit: No elephants yet, just backhoes

Apparently, one of the most tricky parts of building a new zoo exhibit is making the fake rocks look real. You know, so they don't distract visitors from the animals and stuff.

"You don't want people thinking about that," says George Pond, the Denver Zoo's vice president for planning and capital projects. "You want them to think they're immersed, like they're in the Asian floodplain and 'wow, there's lots of cool elephants here.'"

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