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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

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