Filed under Profession

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

Ecotourism vs Zoos

My newest blog post at Blooloop.com has just posted! This post, again inspired by my recent travels to India, explores the validity of “just go see animals in the wild” as an argument against zoos. It has sparked some interesting conversation on LinkedIn, so go check it out, here.

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