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Under Construction: Night Hunters XVII

We have 10 days to go until I have to change the title of my posts to “Night Hunters Opens!”

My presentation at the Felid TAG conference in Omaha last week went pretty well. I only had 15 minutes to speak so I was rushing through the second half of it. Afterwards, I had several people come up to me with comments and questions and to let me know how excited they are to see the new exhibit once it opens so that is encouraging.

After spending a week out of town at the Felid TAG conference, I was anxious to get down to the Night Hunters site to see how much farther along it had come.

The interpretive team is eager to get inside the building once all the big construction is done and the place has been cleaned up a bit. We will need to move quickly to get all of the signs, monitors, speakers, and sound systems installed and working properly before the exhibit opens. I’m biting my nails, but we always seem to rally and pull it together in the end.

May 11, 2011   4 Comments

Under Construction: Night Hunters XVI

The countdown is on – 22 days until the Night Hunters exhibit is scheduled to open! This will be quite a busy three weeks for everyone as the deadline approaches. There still seems to be quite a bit of finishing work to do…

Here’s some of what’s happening on site this week:

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April 29, 2011   1 Comment

Under Construction: Night Hunters XV

This week’s post is all about painting…

When the Carnivora House was renovated and transformed into the Cat House in 1985, local artists John and Emily Agnew painted beautiful, naturalistic murals on the walls of the new animal enclosures. During this renovation, we wanted to be sure to preserve as much of that original artwork as possible while freshening and touching up the exhibits that needed it.

The public areas, however, are getting an entirely new, fresh layer of paint. Once the final coat dries, subtle silhouettes of various nocturnal predators will be painted on the back walls in a slightly darker shade of blue. As a guest, you might not even notice these or perhaps just catch a glimpse of one as you pass by if the lighting is just right. It just adds another dimension to the mystery of the journey through the night, we hope.

April 14, 2011   No Comments