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AZA 2013 Exhibit Awards

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  1. Zooplantman

    Zooplantman Well-Known Member

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    The announcement of the 2013 AZA awards is only 3 months away.
    Nominees have not yet been announced, but since when does that stop ZooChat?

    What's your guess?

    From the AZA site:
    For those who want to do their homework, the application:
    http://www.aza.org/uploadedFiles/Me...pps_and_Guidelines/ExhibitApplication2013.doc
     
  2. tschandler71

    tschandler71 Well-Known Member

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    Well you know the one I would nominate and it should win honorable mention just on effort.
     
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    I came up with a list of 15 potential nominees and while it is by no means a definitive list there is an extremely high level of quality with many of the new exhibits. Some zoos don't even bother applying for the prestigious AZA award and thus that makes it difficult to determine what zoo will be the eventual winner. Nevertheless, here are 15 noteworthy exhibits and it is well worth mentioning that 7 of them feature elephants!

    Birmingham Zoo - Trails of Africa
    Reid Park Zoo - Expedition Tanzania
    National Zoo - Elephant Trails
    Oklahoma City Zoo - Elephant Habitat
    Toledo Zoo - Tembo Trail
    Rosamond Gifford Zoo - Asian Elephant Preserve
    Denver Zoo - Toyota Elephant Passage
    Utah's Hogle Zoo - Rocky Shores
    Phoenix Zoo - Orang-Hutan: People of the Forest
    Virginia Zoo - Trail of the Tiger
    Los Angeles Zoo - LAIR (Reptile House)
    Fresno Chaffee Zoo - Sea Lion Cove
    Saint Louis Zoo - Sea Lion Sound
    Aquarium of the Pacific - Penguin Habitat
    Georgia Aquarium - Dolphin Tales
     
  4. Zooplantman

    Zooplantman Well-Known Member

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    Well surprise to all!
    The latest AZA Communique magazine lists applicants for awards:

    Exhibit -
    "Jellies" - John G. Shedd Aquarium
    "Ke-Re Reef" - SeaWorld San Antonio

    That's it. All they wrote
     
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    Zooplantman Well-Known Member

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    It was mentioned that there were only 3 applicants this year! As Rob mentioned, STL Zoo won the Significant Achievement Award for Sea Lion Sound and no one won the Top Honors Award.
     
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    Interesting that only 3 zoos applied considering all the new exhibits that were eligible.

    Also, thanks for the correction, the article makes it seem like STL Zoo won the top honors.
     
  9. Zooplantman

    Zooplantman Well-Known Member

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    Yes the lack of applications was commented upon during the awards.
    And I guess the press didn't know how to say "St. Louis Zoo takes damn high honors for new exhibit but not the highest"