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Guided travel with millennials: a new revenue source for zoos & aquariums?

Millennials are the core audience of zoos and aquariums. They care deeply about conservation and they also love to travel. I’m not a millennial. I’m a Gen Xer, but my...
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Building a Public Aquarium. The inside story of the Oman Aquarium

The biggest aquarium in the Middle East is currently in development just outside of Muscat, Oman. It will open in Autumn 2018. In this, the first of a series of posts, Adrian...
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Ecotourism vs. Zoos: The Perils of the “Just Go See Them in the Wild”...

I recently embarked on a three-week journey in India in search of big cats. This ecotourism trip is an example of all of the good wildlife tourism can do...

In Zoos We Trust (In A Post-Truth World)

Americans' relationships with traditional authorities has been evolving. Our distrust of the media and obsession with ‘fake news’ is the strongest and most recent illustration of this erosion that in...
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The Circus isn’t Coming to Town

On January 14, 2017 The Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Greatest Show on Earth, announced it was folding up the big top and closing forever in less...
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Cashing in on Christmas – Festive Events at Heritage Attractions

I spent last weekend in London feeling very Christmassy, seeing the lights on Oxford Street, walking through the Christmas Market on Southbank, but the highlight was a...
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Festive (Marine) Fun at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

Christmas is a big deal in the theme park world and most parks have an event to celebrate the season, drive attendance and increase revenue. For the first time,...

Twisting and Shouting with Chester Zoo, Heritage GB and The Beatles

A Day in the Life of blooloopLIVErpool attendees as they visit a zoo, play with Bob the Builder and dance to The Beatles.

A Decade Later: Novelty-Based Design and the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Why PGAV were inspired to rethink their approach and put the animals first.

Five Zoo Innovations That Have Been Around for Decades: #5

Stacey Tarpley concludes her review of innovation in zoos with a look at designing exhibits for enrichment and a vision of the future from Givskud Zoo.