The Zoo and Aquarium Association has awarded their Exhibit Award in the Large Institution Category to Sea World’s new Penguin Encounter on Australia’s Gold Coast.
The $12M exhibit is an amazing frozen world, home to the world’s second largest penguin species – the King penguin – and also the agile and entertaining Gentoo penguin. Penguin Encounter is a slice of Antarctica at Sea World, with up to 5 tonnes of snow being created daily, plus icy rock formations and a crystal clear cave-like pool for the penguins to explore; it’s truly a spectacular exhibit. Sea World Director of Marine Sciences, Trevor Long, saidthat Sea World was honoured to receive this award, stating "Penguin Encounter is a world class exhibit which focuses on both education and entertainment while ensuring the Penguins receive the best possible care and enrichment.”
About Earth Story Productions
Visitor Experience company Earth story Productions (www.earthstoryproductions.com) handled thegraphics, wall-size interactive multimedia and spectacular design of the public areas, and Sculpt Studios (http://www.sculptstudios.com.au/) created the realistic split-level Antarctic environment that transports visitors to the icy continent and had the penguins feeling right at home.
ZAA members come from throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Oceania. The ZAA Awards recognise leading initiatives in the zoo and aquarium industry, such as the most innovative projects, outstanding conservation activities and exhibit designs, as well as top education and insitu conservation activities.
Dene Waring Creative Director,
Earth story Productions
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