Join the conversation


Join the conversation

The field of zoo and aquarium design is one filled with complexity, excitement, controversy, passion and learning.  As a firm we continuously pursue information and innovation, and we encourage others to embark on a revealing path of discovery.

The following publications explore aspects of core topics that impact the work of our clients and our profession.  A vast amount of information is available; this is simply a starting point from which to gain momentum.  The links provided offer a variety of viewpoints and ideas we believe that in order to listen carefully, to understand well, and to design wisely that one needs to consider multiple perspectives and motives, and their implications.

Stay curious.  Be informed.  Join the conversation.


Food for thought


Recommended Reading

Zoo Ethics
By Jenny Gray

Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect 
By: Marc Bekoff

Second Nature: Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals
By: David J. Shepherdson and Jill D. Mellen

The Modern ARK
By Vicki Croke

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
By: Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson

A Different Nature: The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future
By: David Hancocks

Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-Based Marketing
By: Doug McKenzie-Mohr & William Smith

Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotion
By: Jaak Panksepp

Zooland: The Institution of Captivity
By: Irus Braveman

Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World
By:Bernie Krause

Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People's Minds
By: Howard Gardner

Interpreting Our Heritage
By: Freeman Tilden

Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
By: Temple Grandin

Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in Its Cultural Context
By: David Fraser

Excellence Beyond Compliance
By James F. Gesualdi

Wild Life: The Institution of Nature
By Irus Braverman