The road to Asia is nearly paved.

The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is putting the finishing touches on its 8-acre, $22 million Asian Highlands exhibit, set to open May 17.

The zoo opened a portion of the exhibit in 2018, but the biggest and best is coming this year.

Two misty mountain trails will wind up a previously undeveloped hillside past sloth bears and goat antelopes. Trails will run alongside twin streams to brand-new habitats for snow leopards and Amur tigers at the apex of the hill.

There, atop it all, visitors may truly feel transported to a new place. Recent projects at the zoo strive to immerse visitors in an animal’s wild habitat, but the Asian Highlands sets a new standard, particularly at the temple of the tiger.