Friday, December 8, 2023

WEEKEND VIEWING: New starts at zoos and aquariums


July was a big month for zoos and aquariums, including the announcement of an Executive Director for the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station and the opening of a major expansion and exhibit area at the Oakland Zoo. In this edition of Weekend Viewing, InPark Editor Judith Rubin interviews the talent behind the St Louis Aquarium at its November 2017 groundbreaking, while InPark News Editor Joe Kleiman takes us on a tour of the $70 million California Trail at the Oakland Zoo on its opening day.

St Louis Aquarium at Union Station names Executive Director and Curator

Oakland Zoo doubles size with opening of $70 million California Trail on July 12

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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