A selection of InPark’s best, recent original features covering zoos, aquariums and animal attractions.
Photo at top: San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which has been named to receive the Thea Classic Award in 2016 from the Themed Entertainment Association. Read the announcement here.
“We are the real activists; we are the real animal advocates. Stand proud and stay the course.” — Bill Wolden, past president of IMATA and Director of Training and Development at Dolphin Quest. (A tough year: Zoos & Aquariums address conservation, experience design and reframing the debate, by Judith Rubin, Oct 2014)
“One of the great goals of this increase in activities and natural behaviors is that the animals become very strong and fit.” — Andi Kornak, Zoo’s Director of Animal Care and Veterinary Programs, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (Letting animals swim, soak and splash, by Judith Rubin, Sept 2015)
“SeaWorld San Antonio is in the midst of its largest expansion to date, with a new waterpark and new attractions that increase the size of animal exhibits and change the way park guests experience animals – and how those animals interact with park guests.” — Joe Kleiman, The Road to Blue World, Sept 2015.
“Aquaria typically are not about only fish. They seek to explain the complex interrelationship of plants and animals. Have you dealt with the UV needs of your reptiles? The blast of light needed to keep the coral alive? The diurnal cycle needs of the diving birds? How lighting affects the mating habits of the higher animals (yes, seriously!)?” — Patrick Gallegos, Gallegos Lighting – Bringing Animals to Light, Sept 2015