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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

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

Mammoths at the Zoo?

Mammoths at the Zoo?

Recently, I was invited to guest-blog over at Blooloop.com‘s site, Bemusement.  Blooloop caters to the attractions industry as a whole, but is committed to increasing coverage of zoos and aquariums.  Because many of Bemusement’s readers are unfamiliar with the vast challenges facing zoos on a day-to-day basis, I wanted my first post to serve as … 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

New Year’s Giveaway!

New Year’s Giveaway!

Update: Congratulations to Mark! Watch out for more upcoming giveaways. Whether you were counting down the days or holding onto the fleeting moments of good ole’ 2012 clawing and scratching like a cat pushed into a crate on the way to the vet’s office, we welcome you now into the present…into 2013!  To celebrate, DesigningZoos.com … Continue reading

Design Resource No Longer Available

Design Resource No Longer Available

Today, to my dismay, I discovered the WAZA website has been updated to remove all sizing and enrichment recommendations from the once-excellent Virtual Zoo.  This resource was great as it collected recommendations from around the world, including AZA and EAZA resources into one simple reference.  I’m not sure why the information was deleted, but assume … 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

December Giveaway!

December Giveaway!

Congratulations to Nicole, our December winner! Make sure you don’t miss a giveaway by signing up to follow the blog via email. New posts are delivered automatically. Happy holidays!! Hey folks! It’s December and the traditional time of giving. And in that vein, I’m giving away a wonderful DesigningZoos.com T-shirt! White organic cotton, ladies tee … Continue reading