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Night Hunters: Under Construction II

This week I’ve been working on hammering out some details on interpretive elements for Night Hunters. I’ve found some audio files for the soundtrack, but need to do some more research there. And I’ve amassed a pretty good collection of animal images to use on signage and for the computer interactives.

This morning, I met with a few of my colleagues down at the site to talk through the interior theming, i.e. where signs will go, where fabricated trees and rockwork will be, and we came up with some fun new ideas for interactives.

Here are some photos that show the progress of the construction (or shall I deconstruction?). I’m amazed at how much different it looks in just a week. You can see the original brick walls in some places. The parade of toilets sitting outside what used to be the women’s restroom is kind of funny. The construction crew needed an office space!

November 20, 2010   1 Comment

Night Hunters: Under Construction

Ever since the Cat House officially closed on November 1, the wrecking crew has been hard at work ripping out carpet, tearing down walls, and removing old signs and interactives. I put on my sturdy construction hat and went down to check out the progress.

So what have I been doing while all this destruction is taking place? Planning for the new exhibit interpretives, of course! Right now I’m identifying particular animal sounds for the night noises soundtrack that will play in the front half of the new exhibit. Check back soon for another update!

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November 12, 2010   2 Comments

BNL gives a shout out to the Zoo!

I went to the Barenaked Ladies (BNL) concert last night and I can’t tell you how excited I was when lead singer Ed Robertson talked about his visit to the Cincinnati Zoo earlier in the day.

He wrote and sang a song about the baby bonobos and baby manatees and baby cheetah. (Yes! We have babies so come see them.) I’m pretty sure it was actually the cougar cub he saw though, not a cheetah. Cougar cubs have spots so I can understand the mistake. The cubs are currently being raised in the nursery and will move into the brand new cougar exhibit when it opens next year following the new Night Hunters building.

I also have to say that it makes me so happy to know that Ed took the time to read some of the interpretive signs. He recalled a fun fact about bugs that he picked up in the World of the Insect building. Even though the interpretives in that exhibit were developed before my time (nowadays, I write most of the interpretive signage text around the Zoo), it’s still pretty exciting.  And our insect keepers will be happy to know that Ed encouraged the audience not to kill spiders and centipedes because we need them around to eat bugs. Thanks, Ed!

To top it all off, they sang the “froggy song”, as my 4 year old son likes to call it, Pollywog in a Bog. They’ve actually written several great nature-themed songs featured on their children’s CD called Snacktime.

I appreciate all that BNL does to speak out and act on behalf of wildlife and am proud to be a fan!

November 10, 2010   3 Comments