Penguin Coast Exhibit

2016 AZA AWARD WINNER EXHIBIT OF THE YEAR

Gecko Group worked with the Zoo’s education staff and architect CLR Design, to develop an exciting new, state-of-the-art, African Penguin exhibit. The exhibit will be home to North America’s largest population of African penguins. Inspired by the old, abandoned mining communities along the Skeleton Coast, the exhibit features an interpretive center with underwater viewing, dump tank, penguin encounter program, and retail area.

Interpretation elements such as the ‘story poles’ shown here, compliment the weathered, industrial character of the architectural design. Wood posts with galvanized steel hardware and embedded graphics tell the story of the African penguin – it’s natural history, conservation and research efforts, and Maryland Zoo’s connection as a leader in the care and breeding of this endangered species.

Client
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Services
Exhibit Design
Interpretive Development
Graphic Design
Donor Recognition
Building and Amenity Signage Design
Project Management
Fabrication
Installation Oversight

During my 20 year working relationship, Gecko Group has always done a great job presenting and communicating complex ideas as easy to understand concepts.  Their creative approach has allowed us to meet budget without sacrificing quality or value. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in multiple awards including two AZA Exhibit of the Year Awards. As a Gecko Group advocate, I would recommend their team and expertise, and am looking forward to working with them on many projects to come.
KARL R. KRANZ | EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ANIMAL PROGRAMS/COO Executive Vice President for Animal Programs/COO
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