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4 Key Take-Aways from the Recent Zoo Design Conference

4 Key Take-Aways from the Recent Zoo Design Conference

I was lucky to attend (and present at) The International Zoo Design Conference held in Poland in 2017. Many speakers from around the world talked about their experiences designing habitats or theorizing on the future of zoos and aquariums. While the majority of attendees were from Europe, folks from South America, Africa, and many countries … Continue reading

Happy Anniversary! 10 Years of DesigningZoos.com

Happy Anniversary! 10 Years of DesigningZoos.com

Can you believe this summer marks ten years of my little corner of the internet talking about design and the future of zoos and aquariums? Although my posting has become more infrequent as my professional life has evolved, you–my supportive and sometimes thoughtfully critical reader–remain constant. I owe you a huge Thank You for reading my … Continue reading

Guided Travel with Millennials: A New Revenue Stream?

Guided Travel with Millennials: A New Revenue Stream?

With this blog post at Blooloop.com I explored the idea of creating intentional and robust travel programs with zoos and aquariums that target their widest and core audience: Millennials. Many zoos and aquariums currently have limited travel programs that may occur infrequently, are largely under-marketed, and are mostly targeted at “big pockets” spenders for nurturing into major … Continue reading

8 Characteristics of Great Brand Experiences

8 Characteristics of Great Brand Experiences

My latest post to Blooloop.com is now live! In this article, I explore the appeal of today’s competition to zoos and aquariums: sports, games, streaming services, fitness, and festivals by looking at their common attributes. By understanding what draws people in and keeps them coming back, we can apply those same attributes to our attractions’ … Continue reading

Building Public Trust: AZA Workshop

Building Public Trust: AZA Workshop

On Monday, September 11, PGAV Destinations led a session highlighting market research that explored the question “how can we affect public perception of zoos and aquariums?” The session included brief presentations by 9 panelists, including Bob Cisneros from Big Bear Alpine Zoo, Mark Fisher from Cincinnati Zoo, John Walczak from Louisville Zoo, Bill Street from … Continue reading

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

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