ZooLex Gallery Additions: SEA LION SOUND

ZooLex Gallery Additions: SEA LION SOUND

February’s addition is near and dear to my heart as it’s the PGAV-designed Sea Lion Sound at Saint Louis Zoo. This exhibit won a Significant Achievement Award from the AZA, and features both an underwater viewing tunnel and an immersive theater.  Check it out–here!

WCS: A Brand Experience

WCS: A Brand Experience

About 20 years ago, the zoological society that oversaw the system of zoological facilities in and around the New York metropolitan area underwent a brand facelift.  They became the Wildlife Conservation Society—a deep integration of the five metro facilities with the conservation organization that had existed since the late 19th century.  And, as I’m sure … Continue reading

A Rhino Encounter and #JustOneRhino

A Rhino Encounter and #JustOneRhino

Originally posted on Lady of the Zoos:
“In conservation, the motto should always be ‘never say die’.” ~Gerald Durrell For as long as I can remember I’ve been passionate about wildlife and was determined that I would one day work with the beautiful, exotic animals I saw in the zoo like monkeys, tigers and even…

AZA 2014–First Thoughts on the First Day!

AZA 2014–First Thoughts on the First Day!

First day of AZA 2014 is complete! It was, as usual, a whirlwind! But I thought I’d share some quick key thoughts that have stuck with me as the day comes to a close: 1. The link between conservation programming and communication to guests needs to be closed. Zoos and aquariums seem to still be … Continue reading

Five Stars: The Best of Yelp’s Zoo Reviews

Five Stars: The Best of Yelp’s Zoo Reviews

Reputation is everything. We’ve known this since middle school. That’s why it’s important to carefully monitor your public perception, especially if you are an institution supported primarily through admissions and tax support.  With the instant feedback available 24-7 on internet review websites, there is simply no excuse for any zoo or aquarium to not be … Continue reading

I Left My Heart in ‘Heart of Africa’

I Left My Heart in ‘Heart of Africa’

It might surprise you to hear that I’ve been working at PGAV for 11 years now, and I’ve only seen a few projects that I worked on open.  That’s something you may not know about being a designer (it’s kind of the industry dirty little secret); many projects that you dedicate years of work to, … Continue reading