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

ZooLex Gallery Additions: SOUTH AMERICA VIVA

ZooLex Gallery Additions: SOUTH AMERICA VIVA

I’m a little behind on this addition to our partner site, ZooLex.  Apologies.  However, go ahead and check out the newest addition, South America Viva at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in England.  This is a naturalistic, walk-through exhibit featuring our favorite rodent, the capybara.  Other species include agouti, rhea, squirrel monkey and mara. As always, feel … 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

ZooLex Gallery Additions: BEEHIVE

ZooLex Gallery Additions: BEEHIVE

Our friends over at ZooLex.org have invited DesigningZoos to partner with them to provide a place for readers to share their experiences and commentary on the new exhibit gallery additions.  Every month, we’ll post links to the new Zoolex exhibits here, and encourage discussion amongst readers in the comments section. This Month: Beehive at Tiergarten Schonbrunn … Continue reading