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Maryland Zoo Honored for Penguin Coast

CLR Design
Thursday, September 15, 2016


Congratulations to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, which received the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Top Honors Award for Exhibit Design (for the annual operating budgets under $5 million category) for its Penguin Coast exhibit!

Keith Winsten, director of the Brevard Zoo and chair of AZA’s Honors and Awards Committee, noted, "As the highest honor for new exhibits, this award recognizes The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s innovation and commitment in designing a dynamic, immersive habitat that provides the best in animal care and public education to help connect people with nature."

Oregon Zoo Elephant Lands Opens

CLR Design
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Oregon Zoo - Elephant Lands
The most ambitious project in Oregon Zoo history is now complete. Elephant Lands, a world-class home for a world-famous elephant family, opened to the public December 16. Years in planning and construction, the new exhibit sets the bar for elephant welfare and choice. As Heidi Rahn, the bond program director, explains, "This new habitat lets elephants be elephants, making their own decisions about how they spend their days and nights." CLR is proud to have designed this milestone project.
Oregon Zoo - Elephant Lands Concept Illustration
2012 CLR Concept Illustration

Great Plains Zoo Honored for Snow Monkey Exhibit

CLR Design
Thursday, October 08, 2015

Our congratulations to the Great Plains Zoo, who received the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Top Honors Award for Exhibit Design (for the annual operating budgets under $5 million category) for its Snow Monkey (Japanese Macaque) exhibit. Completed in 2013, the CLR-designed “Monkeys, Magic and More” project added eye-catching appeal to the entrance of the Zoo and included 180-degree views from covered shelters in the Snow Monkey exhibit, including one building that is heated for year-round use. Currently, the Great Plains Zoo is one of only 13 U.S. zoos to care for Japanese Macaques. South Dakota’s cold winter climate is well-suited for a Macaque exhibit as Snow Monkeys are native to the snowy mountains of Japan.

New USA Today Poll - Best Zoo Exhibit

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Philadelphia Zoo - Big Cat Crossing - CLR Design
USA Today just released the results of their poll of the Top 10 Best Zoo Exhibits. We applaud all the zoos named in the poll, including four collaborations with CLR Design: Philadelphia Zoo’s Big Cat Crossing (#1), Dallas Zoo’s Giants of the Savanna (#3), Fort Worth Zoo’s Museum of Living Art (#4), and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s African Elephant Crossing (#9).