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
Originally posted on Lady of the Zoos:
“In conservation, the motto should always be ‘never say die’.” ~Gerald Durrell For as long as I can remember I’ve been passionate about wildlife and was determined that I would one day work with the beautiful, exotic animals I saw in the zoo like monkeys, tigers and even…
by Jon Coe Greetings zoo friends and thoughtful critics! If you have fifteen minutes have a look at the video below. This is the complete elephant show from Bali Safari & Marine Park, and my long time friends and client, Taman Safari Indonesia. I designed the elephant show venue, including the wrap around water feature with underwater … Continue reading
First day of AZA 2014 is complete! It was, as usual, a whirlwind! But I thought I’d share some quick key thoughts that have stuck with me as the day comes to a close: 1. The link between conservation programming and communication to guests needs to be closed. Zoos and aquariums seem to still be … Continue reading
I was recently interviewed for an article about the complexities of zoo design especially in relation to animals’ needs. It’s a great article on VetStreet.com. Check it out!