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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

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

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

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

Indy Zoo’s Upcoming Orangutan Center

Indy Zoo’s Upcoming Orangutan Center

A recent and developing trend in zoo design is the use of trails for animals–expanding the area available for exploration and exercise beyond the typical exhibit footprint.  I believe this trend began with the invention of the  ‘O-line‘ at the National Zoo nearly 20 years ago.  The O-line provided a system of transport for the … Continue reading

National Zoo’s New “American Trail”

National Zoo’s New “American Trail”

Appropriately opening on the all-American holiday, Labor Day 2012, National Zoo‘s newest exhibit, American Trail, features sea lions in completely new digs along with a host other familiar faces in revamped homes.  The $42 million project replaced the existing and quite tired North America region, where sea lions swam in an unnatural-looking bright blue pool. … Continue reading