Last month, I was able to spend a week in Europe focusing on zoo design. I attended a zoo design conference with many of the world’s leading designers and representatives from some of the most influential zoos from around the world. It was fascinating to see how differently everyone’s perspectives were, where their priorities lay, … Continue reading
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.
I’ve always been nervous about meeting new people. Socializing is not my natural state. I hated Santa–coming into our grandparents’ house, demanding me to sit on his lap. I’d run and hide under the dining room table when I heard that jolly ho-ho-ho. My stomach does flops thinking, not about the presentation to 300 people, … Continue reading
We all know about ‘fake news’ and we should all be aware of the growing distrust of anything big: big media, big government, big business. How does this skepticism affect the authority of zoos and aquariums as knowledgeable and reliable sources of information? How do we counter the growing culture of concern about zoo and … Continue reading
Some of you may have noticed that I have been been away for a while. I haven’t been updating this blog as much as I’d like. Or, in fact, at all. I’m hoping that 2017 will bring with it a renewed dedication to the blog–and with that, a renewed connection with you, my reader. Several … Continue reading
Check out my blog post from Blooloop on the design process and thinking behind my favorite little zoo that could:Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Take a look here.
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
Check out my newest article, “What Jurassic World Teaches Us About Zoos,” written with colleague Eileen Hill, for InPark Magazine. InPark has an historically theme park centered readership, and this article focuses on how attractions across the spectrum are learning from each other. Also, dinosaurs!!
February’s addition is near and dear to my heart as it’s the PGAV-designed Sea Lion Sound at Saint Louis Zoo. This exhibit won a Significant Achievement Award from the AZA, and features both an underwater viewing tunnel and an immersive theater. Check it out–here!
About 20 years ago, the zoological society that oversaw the system of zoological facilities in and around the New York metropolitan area underwent a brand facelift. They became the Wildlife Conservation Society—a deep integration of the five metro facilities with the conservation organization that had existed since the late 19th century. And, as I’m sure … Continue reading