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Making Responsible Tacos: Conservation Brand Perception at Zoos & Aquariums

Making Responsible Tacos: Conservation Brand Perception at Zoos & Aquariums

Adapted from 2015 AZA National Conference presentation “Brand and Experience: Communicating Conservation to Millennials and Gen Z” Zoos and aquariums are evolving.  Conservation, once a secondary or tertiary goal of these institutions, has become a primary goal in recent decades—and ultimately, should become the singular, highest priority.  Most American zoos and aquariums have been developing, … Continue reading

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

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

PGAV: A Love Story

PGAV: A Love Story

Over at the PGAV Destinations Blog, I posted a rare, personal look into my life while working at PGAV.  I try my best on this blog to be as unbiased about our company as possible; my intentions for the blog were always to share industry knowledge, not to market.  However, I think the post candidly … Continue reading

The Future of Zoos: Blurring The Boundaries

The Future of Zoos: Blurring The Boundaries

By Eileen Hill The second group of PGAV’s internal Specialty Development Team focused on Zoo and Aquarium Design has wrapped up their year of intense learning with their capstone project predicting the future of zoos and aquaria.  Below, Eileen explains her vision of the hybridization of zoos with other institutions as well as some other long-range … 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

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