Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium in Phoenix to Install R-Cast Acrylic Panels in New Aquarium Expansion

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Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. engineered all the panels, which were custom manufactured and fabricated and are being installed over the upcoming months. The panels will be featured in an addition to the aquarium at Wildlife World Zoo outside of Phoenix.

Between the structural capabilities of R-Cast acrylic and the clarity of the material, the new exhibits at the zoo will offer something unique for guests.

Visitors to the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium outside of Phoenix will have new aquarium exhibits to enjoy starting this fall. The zoo was recently granted permission to expand their exhibits, beginning with a 15 acre expansion for an additional aquarium featuring R-Cast acrylic panels from Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. (RPT).

The new aquarium expansion will feature turtle and Asian sea otter exhibits, as well as a Dragon World exhibit that will showcase the largest living “dragons” in the world – crocodile monitors, iguanas and a saltwater crocodile, the first in Arizona and the largest of all crocodile species.

“The purpose of our collection plan is to display interesting and unusual species that captivate visitors of all ages,” explained Mickey Ollson, Zoo director and founder. “Our goal is to maintain a family friendly environment that educates, entertains, and inspires people to care about and to conserve wildlife and wild places. To that end, we also plan to exhibit marine turtles to help educate our guests about these ancient and mysterious animals, as well as threats to their survival.”

To help the zoo achieve that goal, RPT will be providing custom engineered and custom manufactured R-Cast acrylic for these exhibits. The largest of the windows will measure 20 feet wide and eight feet high at roughly two-and-a-half inches thick and will be part of the Dragon World exhibit. Other R-Cast windows range from seven-and-a-half feet to 15 feet in width, from nearly five feet to eight-and-a-half feet high, and are anywhere from two inches thick to three-and-a-half inches thick.

“We’re excited and honored to have been awarded this project,” stated Roger R. Reynolds, III, CEO of RPT. “We’ve been working with Mickey for several years on various projects and are looking forward to completing this next expansion, not only for him, but for all the zoo guests. Between the structural capabilities of R-Cast acrylic and the clarity of the material, the new exhibits at the zoo will offer something unique for the guests.”

Ollson added that the awarding of this job to RPT is because RPT is, “known as the world’s finest acrylic supplier and because of the fantastic job Reynolds did on supplying the acrylic for our first three aquarium exhibits.”

Ollson explained that this new aquarium expansion reflects the Zoo’s mantra to provide visitors an up close connection with the animals with the help of indoor, outdoor and underwater viewing.

The new exhibits are scheduled to open on a rolling basis later this year, with Dragon World tentatively slated to open this November, followed by the fourth aquarium building in the early part of 2012.

About Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc.

Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. has completed more than 1,600 projects in 53 countries in their nearly 30 years in business. RPT is known as the leading manufacturer, fabricator, designer, and installer of R-Cast® acrylic and resin sheets. In fact, RPT is the only acrylic aquarium panel manufacturer in the U.S. Their products have been used extensively in the architectural, signage, aquarium, water-retaining, and scientific industries worldwide, including major projects in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. RPT is constantly raising the standard for what can be done with acrylic and resins. Headquartered in Grand Junction, Colorado, RPT also has operations in Rayong, Thailand. Visit http://www.reynoldspolymer.com for more information. Proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council.


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