I just got to go home and check out the Tiger Trail at the Safari Park. I decided to post a little review for everyone so people can get a detailed look at the new exhibit. I've added photos to the gallery that can help you follow along. I hope you enjoy my take on the new exhibit. The entry to the new exhibit is right off of the bridge that used to be right next to the WGASA bushline station. You arrive at a circular walkway that forms a planter with a fig tree in the center. This entry has a donor wall with some artifacts in glass cases. The artifacts add to the overall Asian style of the trail, but they're there for looks, not education. To the right of the donor wall is the gateway to the new trail. My remarks about the gateway: "looks neat, its not tacky." I could go on with a lot more detail, but that's all I have to say about that. There is no walkway down to the overlook for the elephants anymore. To the left of the entry, there is a walkway leading to Condor Ridge. From the gateway there is along straight path with bamboo planted on both sides. The pathway terminates at a tiger statue at the end. The overall feel of the bamboo forest is very pleasant. There are mist machines and ambient sounds while the shade makes it feel very cool. The statue at the end is one of the few elements that seem out-of-place and a little bit unrealistic. It seems like an abstract piece that was not done by a South East Asia artist. From here, the bamboo forest stops and the walkway wraps around a few times before reaching the first exhibit and log walk. I would have wished the bamboo forest was incorporated more into the landscape here. The straight path with bamboo on the sides seems artificial, and in my mind the bamboo forests in Oklahoma City Zoo, Jacksonville, and some botanical facilities were much better because of their depth and walking experience. What also bugs me here is that there are donor benches that seems haphazardly placed. The walkway is not very wide and some are placed half on the walkway and half-not. I cannot imagine someone sitting there to rest white staring at a shotcrete wall or a wall of plants. If my review is starting to sound nit-picky, these are just things that I think about. I'll be more positive, I swear. Log Walk: The walkway continues onto the logwalk which occurs right before the first exhibit. The logwalk is a pleasant experience as you follow a narrow of series of steps to the first viewing area. Decor here is very nice and the small-scale makes it a nice separate experience. The railings for the logwalk are exceptionally creative and new; while the shotcrete logs are just adaquate. At the viewing area, there is a small extension of the longhouse on the rightside, which serves as holding access for the tigers. Playground: the playground is just after the logwalk but before the Pondok. There is a walkway on the left side that takes you to it, but you have to return there to go onto the exhibit. The theme of the playground is a logging camp with all sorts of elements that show evidence of a logging taking place. Pondok: This is a very pleasant viewing area with split level underwater viewing. There are a lot of poaching-related animal goods that are incorporated into the Pondok. There would be a docent here to explain a lot of these issues here on a normal day, but there wasn't when I was here. The signage didn't really help people understand why they were there though. The walkway then goes in between the first and second exhibits until the Sumatran longhouse. The landscaping here is very well done. I was afraid the exhibits would be too small, but the landscape is so dense with palms and cycads that you lose the boundaries of the exhibits. Most of the exhibits have a mesh fence with an overhang, but they really recede with the plants. The plants make finding tigers a lot harder, but its more like trying to spot them in the wild. With three enclosures, you are always guaranteed to see at least one. Longhouse: The Sumatran longhouse is exceptional. It is really well themed, it looks aged and real. The interior is very nice and I saw a lot of people sitting to watch the tigers in the exhibits around them. The gift shop inside of it is not too zoo-esque that it takes away from the experience. There are added bathrooms at the end which are incorporated with the architectural very well. One of the weird things about it is that there is a mining shaft going under the building. The second exhibit has a mining shaft entrance for tiger holding entrance and it goes right underneath the building. I'm no miner but that's not how I would do it. The third exhibit is right after the Sumatran Longhouse. You look down into the exhibit from a waterfall. The shotcrete detail on the waterfall is not very good, there are already issues with it leaking. There were calcium deposits already on the rock. It made the whole experience of viewing through the waterfall impossible because of plenty of water dripping on your head. This exhibit has received a lot of the hype, but it is probably my least favorite. The viewing is very difficult because of the angle, and the planting of course makes it worse. There are no canopy trees, so it does not feel like a forest like whereas the other exhibits do. After the tigers, the trail terminates where the old lion viewing would be. However, the viewing area was demolished and replaced with landscaping. There is some viewing of the Przewalski's exhibit on the hillside and there is a sign that says something about journeys through Asian Savannas coming soon. Some visitors did not understand what that meant. Most peculiar about the trail, is that there is a new walkway leading up to Condor Ridge. It starts at the end of Tiger Trail and wraps around the hillside to the entrance of Condor Ridge. See Gallery for photos, but its a nice walkway that overlooks the valley beneath Condor Ridge, what used to be the Lion exhibit. There is a section that juts out like a viewing area. It is a nice walkway and adds more possibility to the design of whatever is next in the area. OVERALL EXPERIENCE: Overall, I think this exhibit is really good. Its not the best at storytelling, but its a very pleasant experience in the park. I like how it was woven into the existing conifer forest which makes the exhibit feel like a rainforest. The styling was really good and it is up to par with Lemur Walk, the Bat exhibit, and changes to Nairobi Village. I always admired the park because of how realistic its cultural elements were, which I find goes back to the original design of the WGASA bushline station and Nairobi Village. The Sumatran Longhouse really attributes to that continuing Wild Animal Park feel. However, the exhibit is not a traditional park exhibit, but more like an urban zoo. This is because of how dense tiger trail is. its not open and with wide areas of landscaping like Lion Camp or Heart of Africa. If you were to look at the site plan, it really is quite small. Whats really exciting about the Tigers is that it is a good launching point for doing more in the space beyond it. The space between Africa and Asia really needs a revamp to connect the two. There is plenty of space for the typical large landscaped WAP exhibits, so I do not mind that Tiger Trail is dense. To repeat myself, the feeling of looking for tigers through the forest feels like the wild. Hopefully the vegetation holds up in the California drought.