Currently, PGAV is working with several zoos to master plan for the coming years. One of our current clients is the Kansas City Zoo. We've been working with them for several years now, helping them with the new entrance and the polar bear exhibit.
Kansas City Zoo's number one problem is its size. The Zoo, which is easily one of the largest in the U.S., is spread across 200 acres, requiring guests to spend a majority of their visit simply walking from one attraction to another. In a long term effort to curb this, the Zoo has already started bringing animals to the front of the zoo. Beyond that, the new master plan intends to create concentrated zones of exhibits where guests can easily take in all of the experiences and feel they've accomplished something for the day, while leaving unvisited areas for another day. This approach is something that other zoos should consider as most zoos are local attractions--most guests come from nearby and they come several times a year.
For some reason, this master plan has been receiving a lot of press. Below are a few links for additional information:
"KC Zoo considers blueprint for the future: three zoos in one." Kansas City Star
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