Functional, Sustainable Landscaping to Feed Animals at the San Diego Zoo
Benchmark’s Spring Valley Work Order team recently completed an estimated $75k, 5-week long project at the San Diego Zoo, in collaboration with several zoo departments, including horticulture, entomology and the Zoo Hospital.
The Zoo’s goal for the project was to create a large area for harvesting animal food, utilizing resources available onsite. This included plantings of 4 type of blackberry’s, Eugenia’s, Mulberry’s, Acacia and others – allowing for a large, harvestable amount of feed for animals which would otherwise be purchased.
In addition, the scope of work included the removal of all declining Eucalyptus trees from the slope below the Zoo Hospital and Entomology building, excavation of switch back paths, adding support to landings with pressure-treated tree trunks, and installation of an irrigation system with drip lines and high-efficient rotors. The team also installed a trellis system to support plant material, topped paths with pea gravel, and mulched slopes for weed and moisture control.
Our latest project with the San Diego Zoo was one of many, that always presents our team with unique challenges and showcases the company’s standards in innovation and service. We’re thankful for our partnership with one of San Diego’s largest attractions and the #1 voted zoo in the world, and look forward to future opportunities!