Reception & Ceremony
October 4, 2018
The US Grant


San Diego Zoo Bashor Bridge

What spans 450 feet across the San Diego Zoo’s Panda Canyon, boasts a nighttime Bubble Light Spectacular, features postcard-worthy views of the California Tower, and rises 70 feet up into the tree canopy?┬áThe new Bashor Bridge at the San Diego Zoo.

Those who have visited can attest, the bridge has changed the way visitors navigate the zoo. This beautiful piece of architectural engineering has greatly enhanced accessibility through the zoo via connections both horizontal and vertical. The elevator tower soars into the tree canopy with a staircase that circulates around with views out to Africa Rocks and beyond. The bridge not only provides an important new pedestrian link across the canyon but also serves as a destination for events. This past summer thousands enjoyed live music, millions of bubbles, and a light show from atop the bridge as part of Nighttime Zoo. New pedestrian plazas and kiosks anchor the bridge above and below, with food, shade, seating, and views of the San Diego Zoo.

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  • Project Address:

    2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

    Project Owner/Developer:

    San Diego Zoo

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    David Rice/

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Jim Gabriel/Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells


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