The Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, also known as Wonders of Wildlife, is a not-for-profit educational conservation-themed attraction in Springfield, Missouri. It features 350,000 square feet of immersive wildlife gallery containing taxidermized animals from around the world and a 1.5 million gallon Aquarium showcasing 35,000 individual fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals in a series of themed areas including an ocean shipwreck, Louisiana swamp, Ozark forest, and the Amazon rainforest.
Paragon Fabrication undertook a project at Wonders of Wildlife that involved enhancing its facilities, with a particular focus on improving access into one of the exhibits while maintaining a cohesive theme and preserving the natural aesthetics. The project involved constructing a new entryway for the exhibit, which featured a small vestibule designed to manage the movement of workers while keeping the animals contained. The innovative entryway seamlessly blended with the existing thematic elements and cleverly concealed the entry doors within the habitat.
The key aspects of the project can be summarized as follows: