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Lincoln Park Zoo: Defining an Urban Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo: Defining an Urban Zoo

Character and ambience are often noticed subconsciously, defining the feeling of a place; contributing to the brand.  Most people recognize historical charm or modernist style, and may understand their predilection for a certain design aesthetic.  Oftentimes, these predilections are borne from a person’s associations with comfort and happiness, as in a childhood home or the … Continue reading

Minnesota Zoo: Be True to Yourself

Minnesota Zoo: Be True to Yourself

The Minnesota Zoo, located in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities, has long been on my list of must-sees, but especially so after the opening of the much lauded Russia’s Grizzly Coast four years ago.  Of course I would find myself flying to the Great White North a few days before Thanksgiving—what better time … Continue reading

DZ visits the Lemur Conservation Reserve

DZ visits the Lemur Conservation Reserve

After a quick email exchange and phone conversation with Patti Walsh, Director of Research and Operations at the Lemur Conservation Foundation, a visit to their Lemur Reserve was in order.  Located just outside Myakka City, FL, a town with little more than a farm store and a yellow light, the Reserve is over 100 rural … Continue reading

DZ visits South Florida Museum

DZ visits South Florida Museum

A while back, I posited (and yes, I’ve recently been watching a lot of Fringe) the future of science based institutions is a re-integration of the currently separated disciplines into a ‘one-stop shop’ of education and recreation.  Here, guests will learn holistically about an ecosystem or geographical place in a fully immersive and hands-on atmosphere. … Continue reading

DZ visits Zoo Miami!

DZ visits Zoo Miami!

Admittedly, I hadn’t heard much about Zoo Miami previous to my visit last week.  And because of that, my expectations were quite low.  Boy was I surprised! The Zoo is thoughtfully laid out in a bow-tie or figure 8, with the entry and exit occurring from a central ‘tail’ at the intersection of the 8. … Continue reading

DZ’s First Zoo Review: The Mote Aquarium

Yes, folks, I know.  An aquarium is NOT a zoo, but unfortunately, ‘Zoo and Aquarium Review’ just doesn’t sound quite as snappy.  So, kind reader, we begin our new segment “Zoo Review” with a water zoo, the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida.  The Mote Aquarium is associated with the Mote Marine Research Laboratory, and as such … Continue reading

Bristol Zoo’s New Eco-Zoo

Its been touted as the “Eden Project” of wildlife.  However, if you’ve been to the Eden Project, you’ll know this project seems to fall short.  Very short, in my opinion.   The Eden Project was, and is, as innovative in approach, as it was in design, made all that more impressive by the fact that botanical gardens and … Continue reading

Busch Gardens’ Jungala Walk-thru

Recently, Busch Gardens’ Africa’s latest attraction, Junagala, opened to rave reviews.  Check out the video preview from Orlando Attraction Magazine. This new addition, conceptualized by Portico Group, includes a new large, lush habitat for the tigers and orangutans (not together!), and massive play structure for kids and adults, including several small sized rides. The purpose was to … Continue reading