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Night Hunters: Under Construction V

With the holidays and all, the past month has been a blur and I didn’t have a chance to post many updates to the blog. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and that you had a chance to come to the Festival of Lights. I brought my kids during a snow storm and we had a great time. The kids went straight to the front of the line to see Santa since so few people braved the weather that night. We were pretty happy not to have to wait in line very long.

Rest assured, progress continues on Night Hunters design and development. I haven’t been down to the site recently, but I hear that the concrete foundation for the rotunda has been poured and the rest of the floors are scheduled to be poured next week. We’ve prepared several track casts–clouded leopard, ocelot, and puma–that our exhibits artist, Jessica, will use to make impressions in the concrete in certain areas.

I’ve been generating content for a computer interactive whereby visitors will be able to choose from a selection of text and images to create their own digital version of an ID sign for one of the small cats on exhibit. Their creations will actually be displayed in rotation at that cat’s exhibit. I think people will get a kick out of seeing the sign they created on display. What do you think?

I hope to visit the site to snap some more Under Construction photos to share soon. Until then, here are a few photos of some of the critters you’re likely to see when Night Hunters opens in May.

Fishing cat

Burmese python

Bat-eared fox

January 4, 2011   1 Comment

Night Hunters: Under Construction IV

Yesterday we had a walk-through of the Night Hunters site to describe the interpretive plan elements and design in detail to our Chief Operating Officer, Dave Jenike. He gave the design team some great feedback and overall gave us the approval to move forward with the plan.

Now it’s time to get down to the details, such as ordering flat screens and other technology, obtaining lighting equipment, creating the audio track, painting murals, and for me, personally, writing the text for signage and interactive elements. I’m in full time research mode, learning as much as I can about the species we plan to exhibit so I can determine what information to put on the signs.


December 7, 2010   No Comments

Night Hunters: Under Construction III

As construction continues down at the Night Hunters site, the creative team is making great progress on the plan for interior theming.  Zoo Exhibits Artist Jessica Bechtel put on paper some ideas of how certain elements of the animal exhibits might extend into the public space. The intent here is to blur those lines of distinction between the animal and the visitor and really draw the visitor into the experience. It’s pretty exciting to see how it is all coming together!

Fabricated 3D trees could extend out from the wall above the clouded leopard exhibit.

Plans include a fabricated 3D tree and rockwork on the face of the viewing window of the vampire bat exhibit.

The Mayan ruins in a tropical forest theme of the ocelot exhibit might carry out into the public space.

December 3, 2010   1 Comment