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Zoo Design Services

With nearly three decades in zoo design and projects at more than 55 zoos across the country, WDM is a proud partner to the zoological community.

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Conservation Focus. Crowd-Pleasing Results.

We approach every zoo design project in light of its impact on conservation. Our priority is to do what is right for the animal, whether the project is a propagation facility that must recreate exact breeding conditions or an enriching habitat that encourages instinctive behaviors.

Compelling guest experiences are also crucial to conservation. We create educational environments that foster intuitive connections with the animals, moving guests toward support of conservation programs.

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Animal Healthcare Facility Expertise

Animal hospitals are a complex undertaking, combining the technical systems of a human hospital with the safety protocols of dangerous animal facilities. Our zoo design team is experienced with these challenges, having completed many hospitals, quarantine facilities and animal veterinary clinics.

The zoo design team works with our in-house medical studio to ensure the latest medical equipment and systems requirements are incorporated.

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Master Planning: Position Your Zoo for Success

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Zoo Exhibit Design and Your Mission

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Improving Guest Experience Through Zoo Design

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What Clients Say

“Our employees found WDM’s staff to be extremely talented, professional and creative. We were impressed with their ability to create cutting-edge facilities while keeping a close eye on the bottom line.”

Jim Fleshman

Director, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo; former Executive Director, Cameron Park Zoo

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“WDM did a great job listening to not just me as the executive director, but also to the design team on my side: the animal care staff, the facilities staff, and really incorporating all those ideas.”

Christopher Kuhar, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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“Our investment really paid off in terms of guest interaction. It completely transformed the guest experience.”

Christopher Kuhar, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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“I am pleased with the beauty and expert craftsmanship of the exhibit, the careful thought and meticulous attention to detail that went into designing this habitat, and the professionalism of the teams who worked diligently on completing this great undertaking. This nearly 20,000-square-foot Sumatran tiger habitat is well suited for two of the most majestic creatures on Earth and, hopefully, in the future, will be home to cubs as well. We have heard positive comments and praise from our guests about the exhibit, and everyone takes great delight at seeing these striking animals up close.”

Bert Castro

President/CEO of Arizona Center for Nature Conservation and the Phoenix Zoo

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“Throughout our work with WDM, it was always evident they were designing our project, not their project. They listened to our wishes and offered solutions that addressed our needs while also offering valuable suggestions we had not contemplated. They proved to be adept both at resolving big-picture issues and highly technical details.”

Craig Piper

Director of City Zoos, Wildlife Conservation Society, New York (formerly Director of The Denver Zoo)

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“WDM shows a very thoughtful approach to interfacing with the owner team. They listen to our input and are inclusive in addressing the opinions of a wide range of staff levels.”

Karen Schenk

Director of Site and Project Design, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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