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Zoo Review: Wroclaw and Gdansk Zoos

Zoo Review: Wroclaw and Gdansk Zoos

Last month, I was able to spend a week in Europe focusing on zoo design. I attended a zoo design conference with many of the world’s leading designers and representatives from some of the most influential zoos from around the world. It was fascinating to see how differently everyone’s perspectives were, where their priorities lay, … Continue reading

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

I Left My Heart in ‘Heart of Africa’

I Left My Heart in ‘Heart of Africa’

Updated October 1, 2015: I’m overjoyed to announce our project has received Top Honors in Exhibit Design from the AZA! I was lucky enough to watch CZA President and CEO accept the award at the annual awards luncheon at the National AZA Conference 2015 in Salt Lake City.  Absolutely one of the great moments of … 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

The Future of Zoos: Blurring The Boundaries

The Future of Zoos: Blurring The Boundaries

By Eileen Hill The second group of PGAV’s internal Specialty Development Team focused on Zoo and Aquarium Design has wrapped up their year of intense learning with their capstone project predicting the future of zoos and aquaria.  Below, Eileen explains her vision of the hybridization of zoos with other institutions as well as some other long-range … Continue reading

The Greening of Zoos

A few years back, the PGAV Zoo Design Specialty Development Team worked through a group exercise examining the state of ‘greeness’ in zoos and aquariums.  At that time, these facilities seemed to be participating in green practices in a generally superficial manner.  Today, things are turning around, environmental responsibility is becoming a top priority, and … Continue reading

Summer Exhibit Happenings

Summer Exhibit Happenings

With longer days, kids off school, and weather that just begs for folks to roam outdoors, summertime is the busy season for the vast majority of zoos.  Because of that, many zoos target late spring early summer for exhibit openings, hoping to further entice veteran zoo-goers and first-time visitors alike.  Unlike recent years, June 2013 … Continue reading

Tales of Trails

Tales of Trails

By Trisha Crowe Until recently, the use of the word “trails” at zoos typically referred to pathways that allowed visitors to travel throughout a zoo to look at species in (relatively) small enclosures. Now through innovative design, some animals are able to access enclosed trail systems which are opening up a whole new world for … Continue reading