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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

Happy 5th Anniversary!

Happy 5th Anniversary!

Designingzoos.com Celebrates 5 Years of Exploring Zoological Design Holy cats!  I almost dropped my chai tea latte when I realized my very first post was five years ago today!  So many things have changed…I’ve celebrated a full decade with PGAV Destinations, lived at 8 different addresses in 4 different cities, facilitated four successful master plans, … Continue reading

Animal of the Month: Sea Turtles

Animal of the Month: Sea Turtles

Great news!  I’ve added a page to the site dedicated to the Animal of the Month fact sheets. This month’s addition: Sea Turtles! You might know them as prototypical surfer dudes, but sea turtles are waaaaaay more than that.  Did you know the largest sea turtles are the leatherbacks reaching upwards of 7′ in length … Continue reading

Spring Giveaway!

UPDATE 5/13: Congratulations Milo! Springtime brings the colorful resurgence of warmth and the happy reminder that summer is just around the corner!  Springtime also brings smiles and sleepy bears emerging from their winter slumber.  Appropriately, the DesigningZoos.com spring giveaway is a signed copy of Else Poulsen’s “Smiling Bears: A Zookeeper Explores the Behaviour and Emotional … Continue reading

Interactivity and Zoos

Interactivity and Zoos

A recent article by Wayne LaBar, the founder and principal at Alchemy Studios, outlined some of the growing trends in interactivity in museums…and got me to thinking: Are these also trends we are seeing in zoos and aquariums? If not, should they be? Certainly, interactivity in experience and educational opportunities are important aspects of zoo … Continue reading

Balancing Education and Entertainment in Zoo Design

Balancing Education and Entertainment in Zoo Design

By Cray Shellenbarger Zoo design is as difficult a task as any.  We attempt to set criteria based upon needs of animals, visitors, zoo staff and zoo administrators.  One of the biggest issues I see is the balance between education and entertainment.  Zoos generally advertise themselves as promoting education and conservation, but as designers we … Continue reading

November Animal of the Month: Chimps

November Animal of the Month: Chimps

Ah, those gregarious primates who remind us what it means to be human.  They’re the perfect capstone species to the year.  (No December AotM) Did you know chimps breed throughout the year–whenever the urge strikes?  Did you know they are altruist and have been seen grooming and cradling rocks?  Find out more–including how large to … Continue reading

October Animal of the Month: Flamingo

Why does a flamingo stand on one leg? Because if he lifted both, he’d fall over! This is not included in the October Animal of the Month fact sheet about the many species of flamingo, but a lot of other great information is.  Like, how flamingos build their nests, and how deep to build your … Continue reading