A forty-two inch solid granite sphere emblazoned with a map of the world and supported by a water base greets visitors to the Zoo. It rotates on the same axis as our planet, and the lightest touch will send it spinning in another direction. Next you will see a meandering river, populated by beautiful bronze sculptures. The seven sculptures feature one representative from each of the seven continents: a bear cub, platypus, orangutan, penguin, caiman, gecko, and baby elephants.
The sphere fountain is a product of Kusser Fountain Works in Germany. The bronze animal sculptures were created by Texas artist Darrell Davis, whose work can also be seen at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. The entryway, interactive fountain, and animal sculptures have been generously funded by a gift from The McAllister Foundation.
Other sculptures around the zoo include:
Galapagos Tortoise Sculpture
River Otter Sculpture
Butterfly Sculpture Garden
Totem Pole Sculpture