Archive for Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Flights of Fancy – The Creation and Maintenance of Butterfly Gardens

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Delicate and graceful are two words often used to describe butterflies. And finding a balance between maintaining attractions that spotlight these poetic, winged creatures, as well as promoting them, can be a practice in all things Mother Nature. At CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point in San Mateo, Calif., the butterfly garden may not be a major […]

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Zoo Exhibit Redesign and Elephant Conservation

Zoo Exhibit Redesign and Elephant Conservation

January 4, 2012 1 Comment

Elephants are the largest living land animal on Earth and one of the most intelligent animals. Sadly, they are also one of the most endangered species.  However, a resurgence among zoos to help stabilize the population has helped their cause.  Many zoos are seeking to educate the public about how important these animals are and […]

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Caring for Trees at Zoos: <br />Enhancing Aesthetics and Preserving a Healthy Ecosystem

Caring for Trees at Zoos:
Enhancing Aesthetics and Preserving a Healthy Ecosystem

November 2, 2011 No Comments

When guests visit zoos, they do not always notice the trees immediately, but when they seek out shelter from the heat or when they enjoy the realistic design of an exhibit, they start to see the important role trees play. As Parks Director for the Cape May County Zoo and Park, in Cape May Court […]

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Where Cool Heads Prevail: <br />Strategies to Keep Zoo Guests Comfortable in the Heat of the Season

Where Cool Heads Prevail:
Strategies to Keep Zoo Guests Comfortable in the Heat of the Season

September 1, 2011 No Comments

The summer months provide the biggest boon in zoo attendance, but when crippling heat hovers for an extended period of time, zoo directors have to find ways to keep both animals and guests comfortable. The 500-acre North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, N.C., is the first zoo designed as a natural-habitat facility, which means the […]

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Splendor in the Grass
The Natural Side of Food Service at United States Botanical Gardens

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Visitors may come to botanic gardens to see some of the finest specimens nature has to offer, but they may also end up staying for the great food being served at these destinations around the country. And while some botanic gardens, like the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, may not have their own dining facilities, […]

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Top Tips for Feeding Hungry Guests

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Maintain proper staffing levels. “That is probably the biggest problem that food service operators have,” said Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s Splash Village in Frankenmuth, Mich. “It’s important to maintain adequate staffing levels, and have a menu design that meets the time expectations of the guests.” Limit menu options. Diana Rodriguez of Calypso Bay Waterpark […]

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Fast Food Fever
Guests Still Want Classic Park Foods

September 1, 2011 No Comments

As concessions manager at Pirate’s Cove Family Fun Aquatic Center in Englewood, Colo., Leslie Boersma has endured some teasing for packing her lunch every day. “People have made fun of me for that,” said Boersma. “But it’s so hard to find something healthy to eat at an amusement park.” After a while, the powers that […]

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Balancing Act: Achieving Harmony Between Nature and Science at Zoos and Aquariums

Balancing Act: Achieving Harmony Between Nature and Science at Zoos and Aquariums

August 1, 2011 No Comments

In the last decade, technology has changed the way zoos and aquariums interact with guests.  Technology is no longer just about enhancing a guest’s experience during a visit but enhancing that experience before and after a visit as well. As Vice-President for Planning and Capital Projects at the Denver Zoo, George Pond oversees the technology […]

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Zoos and Aquariums: <br/>Raising Awareness of Conservation Issues

Zoos and Aquariums:
Raising Awareness of Conservation Issues

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Visiting a zoo or aquarium is a great way for individuals and families to gain emotional ties to wildlife and participate in conservation initiatives.  Conservation messages relayed to visitors aid in teaching them how to contribute to the preservation of wildlife and their related habitats. Environmental education is a core element of the mission and […]

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Five Tips for Controlling Food Service Payroll Costs at Zoos and Aquariums

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Hire wisely. Juanita Hernandez of the Lee Richardson Zoo said she seeks out employees who not only accept seasonal work, but prefer it. “This is a great job for teachers. I have one employee who is a teacher, and the part-time summer hours fit her schedule perfectly.” Weigh the pros and cons of engaging a […]

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