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Across the Globe

New USA Today Poll - Best Zoo Exhibit

CLR Design
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).

Penguin Coast

CLR Design
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

We are thrilled to have designed this latest state-of-the-art exhibit for the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Modeled upon the theme of an abandoned mining settlement near the Namibian Skeleton Coast, this new site houses a large collection of African Penguins along with Cormorants.

The design of the overall exhibit provides a rare 360° public viewing experience that incorporates various landscape conditions, designated feeding demonstration areas, and a small amphitheater for educational presentations by the animal staff. Underwater and above water viewing is supplemented with dynamic water features such as wave actions and jet streams that help facilitate animal enrichment as well as an exciting guest experience.
Additional animal-visitor “beak-to-cheek” interaction is available through special Penguin Encounter tours which provide guided keeper experiences and special photo opportunities.

Big Cat Crossing

CLR Design
Thursday, May 22, 2014


We are proud to have been part of Philadelphia Zoo's newest opening! Big Cat Crossing is an innovative concept of overhead trail systems that allows big cats to move from their traditional enclosures to other points in the zoo—as visitors stroll beneath!

 To read about Big Cat Crossing, visit the articles below:



Celebrating 30 Years!

CLR Design
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

As 2014 marks CLR Design’s 30th anniversary, we reflect on our commitment to Evolutionary Thinking in Habitats®Along the way, many people have empowered us to do what we love – designing zoological spaces that inspire, educate, protect and preserve.  We thank the founders of CLR – Jon Coe and Gary Lee, and former Principal - John Rodgers, for building a legacy that continues today.  We are grateful to our clients for their confidence in our work, our consultants for their partnership and support, and our staff for their creativity and dedication to our vision. CLR looks forward to the future and remaining at the forefront of zoological design and innovation for the next 30 years and beyond.