Vol. 17 2016
We are pleased to bring you the first WAZA Magazine dedicated to exhibit design at zoos and aquariums. Why would we focus on design when there are so many pressing issues facing zoos and aquariums? Simply put, design is a critical tool that can shape our animals’ well-being and our visitors’ experiences. It determines how we tell our stories and creates the primary physical interface with our visitors. It influences the efficiency and effectiveness of our facilities and significantly impacts animal care and welfare. Zoo and aquarium design should not be simply about creating novel ways to house and view animals; it has to serve a greater pur- pose, one that engages our visitors in our conservation and animal welfare missions.