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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

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

Zoos in a Post-Truth World

Zoos in a Post-Truth World

We all know about ‘fake news’ and we should all be aware of the growing distrust of anything big: big media, big government, big business. How does this skepticism affect the authority of zoos and aquariums as knowledgeable and reliable sources of information? How do we counter the growing culture of concern about zoo and … 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

In Marius’ Honor

In Marius’ Honor

By Trisha Crowe A moment of silence for Marius the giraffe, and then…..What? Boycott the Copenhagen Zoo? Boycott ALL zoos? I say let’s rally around something we can agree upon….that the mistreatment or exploitation of any species is not ok. The difficult thing is that how each person defines these terms is a highly personal … 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