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How to Become a Zoo Designer

How to Become a Zoo Designer

Each week, I receive at least one email from an enthusiastic young soul asking for advice on how to become a zoo designer.  Many requests are from college students, already several years into design school.  Others are from enterprising high schoolers (and a junior high schooler or two) planning their futures.  I’ve even corresponded with … Continue reading

Entertaining the Future, Part 2

Entertaining the Future, Part 2

What the Future Holds for Entertainment in Zoos and Aquariums By Dave Cooperstein I believe that there is a LOT of value in looking at examples of Show Productions outside the Zoo and Aquarium world, specifically Broadway and Vegas, because these attractions can teach us a lot about where we are headed…about where the future … 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

Aquarium Stats Resource

A colleague just shared this amazing resource with me, so I’m passing it on to you.  The Design Intelligence Almanac of Architecture and Design for 2013 lists North America’s aquariums along with their size, cost and other information.  A great reference for collecting bench marking data–a critical first step in many projects.   The link … 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

Visitors:  An Overlooked Species at the Zoo

Visitors: An Overlooked Species at the Zoo

By Eileen Ostermeier Zoos have long been at the forefront of animal research, but only recently have they started conducting studies on another important but relatively overlooked species:  their visitors.  For decades, museums, science centers, theme parks and National Parks have been studying their visitors – long before the practice was seen as useful in … Continue reading