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Advanced Evolution of Chinese Zoos

Advanced Evolution of Chinese Zoos

I’m writing this piece in the fifth hour of the fourteen hour flight to the U.S. from Beijing. I’ve already watched two movies, had a couple glasses of wine, and did some work. I’m reflecting on my whirlwind trip in Ordos, Inner Mongolia for the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens’ (CAZG) 2nd annual conference, where … 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

DESIGNING ZOOS AT AZA 2013

I am happily on my way to the 2013 AZA National Conference in Kansas City tonight after a super crazy couple of weeks (and really months…).  I’ll be speaking twice at the Conference this year.  Come see me talk about Guest Experience in the “Enrichment as Guest Experience” session on Wednesday at 2 pm,  followed … 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

SeaWorld’s Take on Penguins

SeaWorld’s Take on Penguins

Over Memorial Day weekend, SeaWorld Orlando opened their biggest expansion to date, and it was all dedicated to our favorite aquatic flyer, the Penguin. ‘Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin‘ incorporates a whimsical family ride with a deeply immersive animal exhibit. We’re not here to discuss the ride; we are here to celebrate the exhibit.  The … Continue reading

Animal of the Month: Hippos

April showers bring May flowers, but here at DesigningZoos.com, April sea turtles bring May Nile hippos.  Naturally. The latest fact sheet focuses on everybody’s favorite awkward-on-land-but-fierce-in-the-water mammal: the Nile Hippopotamus.  Hippos live in groups of up to 30 animals and are extremely dangerous.  They spend their days soaking in the water, but stretch their legs … Continue reading