Tuesday, November 29, 2022

ICYMI: Top zoo & aquarium stories from InPark

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.

Big Cat Crossing at the Philadelphia Zoo

“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

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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