by Renee Towan, Horticulturist
Today we installed a chainsaw carving across from the orangutan exhibit. I researched this type of artwork made throughout the west coast and found them to be quite expensive. However when I contacted Timothy Robins at http://www.mysticwoods.net/ he offered to donate his time to work on a carving of our male orang. Timothy grew up in Sacramento spending time at our Zoo when he was young and was honored to be able to display his work here.
The carving had quite a trip, traveling all the way from Florence, Oregon to Sacramento. Gardens are more than just plants, they need a little whimsy and "Leo" (affectionately nicknamed by the maintenance staff) is providing that here overlooking the orangs and zebras.