Client:: San Diego Zoo
Location:: San Diego, California
Geography:: Hardiness Zone 10a
Project Requirements:: The San Diego Zoo, home to the largest Strangler Fig (Ficus watkinsiana) in the U.S., wanted to use the tree to create a unique entrance to the new Monkey Trails and Forest Tales habitat. Environmental Design was asked to not only move the tree to a new location horizontally, but also to lower the tree 30' to allow visitors to experience the primate exhibit from an elevated walkway in the tree canopy.
Project Process:: Environmental Design determined the route the 168" diameter, 440,000 pound tree had to travel to its new home. A tracked gantry system was selected as the most suitable and preparations were made to perform this complicated tree transplant.
Project Solution:: The tree was carefully root pruned and encapsulated. A tracked gantry system was constructed at the site and the tree moved 300' horizontally and 30' down to its new home.