Foundations, Friends, and Societies, Oh My! (Part 1 of 3)

Foundations, Friends, and Societies, Oh My! (Part 1 of 3)

Zoo Advisors recently presented the ultimate findings to a new and exciting project which has consumed much of our attention over the past 12 months: a massive research study seeking to quantify and explore the contribution of partner organizations in the zoo and aquarium profession. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be sharing some of the findings from this study in a series of articles.

Read More

A Tough Year: What Impact Did Weather Have on Zoo Attendance in 2018 (So Far)

A Tough Year: What Impact Did Weather Have on Zoo Attendance in 2018 (So Far)

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recently released the results of their mid-year earned revenue survey (ERS). After years of general growth, this year’s results were an outlier: organizations across the United States reported moderate to heavy declines in attendance. These declines are being roundly contributed to poor weather. In this post, we test that assertion, as well as to provide input from a group of zoo directors and industry outsiders on the issue.

Read More