Zoos & Aquariums

Zoos and aquariums have been an important part of how we explore and catalog our world for centuries. Once reserved for royalty, the first public zoo opened in Austria in 1765. Since then, much has changed in our perceptions of the environment and the natural world. Today, zoos and aquariums are much more than displays of interesting and exotic animals - they are also vessels for spreading the message about wildlife conservation. Aquariums, zoos and animal parks have had to balance their conservation goals with the needs of modern, tech-savvy audiences. Entertainment Designer showcases innovative aquariums, zoos, and wildlife exhibits that offer exciting experiences while staying true to the best interests of the animals presented.

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What Does the Future Hold for SeaWorld?

Posted on April 7, 2014

Last year, documentarian Gabriela Cowperthwaite debuted the documentary Blackfish at the Sundance Film Festival. Blackfish explored the story behind one of SeaWorld’s captive orcas, Tilikum. The film exploded in viewership ...

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The Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife: Wildlife Entertainment and Conservation

Posted on January 24, 2014

A rich and important debate has raged in the themed entertainment industry for years. Do animal attractions help raise awareness and broad support for conservation, or do they infringe on ...

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Detroit Redesigns Belle Isle Aquarium With Hand Me Downs from Closed National Aquarium in DC

Posted on January 16, 2014

The Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit was the oldest operating aquarium in the US from when it opened in 1904 until it closed in 2005. But after seven years out ...

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Animals for All! Philadelphia Zoo Launches Accessibility Remodel to Meet Special Needs of all Types

Posted on October 24, 2013

The Philadelphia Zoo – the oldest zoo in the US – recently launched a new zoo within a zoo with a remake of two and a half acres to create ...

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Ripley’s Debuts Canada’s Largest Aquarium in Toronto!

Posted on October 17, 2013

Yesterday, Canada’s largest aquarium opened to the public in Toronto – Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Prior to the launch, the Vancouver Aquarium was the country’s biggest aqua depot at 100,000 ...

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Oldest Aquarium in US Shuts Down – What’s Next (if anything) for the National Aquarium?

Posted on October 7, 2013

There have been a lot of things shut down in our nation’s capital lately thanks to the budget sequester but this closure is permanent and its residents more likely to ...

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Shark Frenzy Comes to the National Aquarium in Baltimore

Posted on August 23, 2013

We love our sharks – there’s Shark Week on Discovery Channel - the inane Sharknado on SyFy channel that swept Twitter - and now Baltimore’s National Aquarium has opened a ...

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Lujan Zoo Offers a Startlingly Up-Close Look at the Wild

Posted on August 15, 2013

If you can’t get enough of all things four-footed and fuzzy, you likely love zoos. Some of my favorites are those where you can interact with the animals. Some zoo ...

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Rebuilding after Disaster: How the New York Aquarium is Recovering and Evolving after Superstorm Sandy

Posted on July 22, 2013

Founded in 1957, the New York Aquarium has been a fixture of Coney Island in South Brooklyn for decades but was devastated last year by Superstorm Sandy. Although the aquarium ...

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Minnesota Zoo Expands Beyond Conservation to be a Family Entertainment Destination

Posted on April 10, 2013

Visitors to Minnesota Zoo will soon be able to do a lot more than talk to the animals. An extensive master plan, approved by board members last fall, includes two ...

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