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The US Justice Department says it will work to ensure that the rescued big cats go to animal preserves where they can be ‘safely maintained rather than exploited’


WAZA CEO Martin Zordan discusses the global disruption caused by COVID-19, the association’s plans during another challenging year and how community has kept the world’s animal attractions going through an unprecedented event


Vietnam’s largest theme park, a game-changing aquarium project and 12,000 hotel rooms are just a few of the features of the new Phu Quoc United Center


SeaWorld veteran Marc Swanson has been named permanent CEO following a year of managing the role on an interim basis


The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus is the latest addition to the zoo’s multi-year masterplan


‘All Together For Animals’ is happening in aid of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ members


The great apes are the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19 following a breakout among the gorilla population earlier this year


Zoo Guardians is available now on Android and iOS


In part two of our exclusive interview with the man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs, ‘Dino’ Don Lessem returns to talk everything from the business of dinosaurs to the world-famous Trump Toilet


Following an ITV documentary last year on Merlin’s world-first beluga sanctuary, John and Melanie Bishop are getting ‘hands on’ with the Sea Life Trust as its new patrons


There’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel for attractions in Britain, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson laying out a roadmap to end restrictions in place at varying degrees for most of the last year


Lesley the manatee has finally returned home


Scotland’s animal attractions have been offered some much-needed funding to support animal care and conservation work during the pandemic


After six straight correct predictions, is Nicholas the dolphin the greatest sport pundit in history?


The zoo says it only has enough reserve finances to last another month


Dolphins will not longer feature in the Poseidon Theatre at Parc Asterix with a new attraction to take its place


Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park ordered to surrender tiger and lion cubs, along with their mothers to the federal government.


Comedian Ricky Gervais wants to be fed to the lions when he dies but London Zoo doesn’t seem too keen on the idea...


Friends of the Animals is seeking an injunction against the the Mystic Aquarium, which is trying to import five beluga whales from Canada’s Marineland


Here are the top stories from Planet Attractions since the start of the year


How do you operate a zoo when your customers aren’t allowed to visit? Chester Zoo MD Jamie Christon tells Planet Attractions how the attraction made it through 2020 and what management’s outlook is for 2021


The UK’s only giant pandas might not be able to stay in Scotland, with Edinburgh Zoo facing a £2m deficit


The Gold Coast theme park and animal attraction is bringing back its popular Carnivale festival later this month


The renowned naturalist and documentarian has backed zoos and aquariums for their work in conservation and education


The US$55m Branson aquarium is home to more than 7,500 sea creatures and a 55ft light up octopus called Aquarius


Visitors to the US capital will still be able to enjoy the iconic Chinese bears


The zoo has contacted the Bronx Zoo in New York to learn how to treat the animals


Prof Theo Pagel, president of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and director of Germany’s Cologne Zoo, looks back at a year of turmoil for his community, while also looking at the future for visitors, biodiversity, education and animal protection.


From The Simpsons to Black Mirror, we cross the entertainment multiverse to find the very best fictional attractions we wish existed, also offering you a real-world alternative.


Join Rey, a young African penguin, on her adventures, as she gets a private tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Who was Ota Benga? How did this happen and why did it take 114 years for the zoo in question to apologise?



Glastonbury axes mini Equinox event





Mather & Co announced as exhibition design partner for Inverness Castle redevelopment




Lego launches UK touring pop-up experience




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Should we interfere with heritage to improve the visitor experience?




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US officials seize nearly 70 big cats from ‘Tiger King’ zoo after alleged animal abuse
The US Justice Department says it will work to ensure that the rescued big cats go to animal preserves where they can be ‘safely maintained rather than exploited’


‘The situation is still very challenging’ - An unprecedented year for WAZA and lessons learned from the pandemic
WAZA CEO Martin Zordan discusses the global disruption caused by COVID-19, the association’s plans during another challenging year and how community has kept the world’s animal attractions going through an unprecedented event


Vietnam’s ‘Sleepless City’ open for business as US$2.8bn mega-development featuring country’s largest theme park opens doors
Vietnam’s largest theme park, a game-changing aquarium project and 12,000 hotel rooms are just a few of the features of the new Phu Quoc United Center


SeaWorld hands Marc Swanson CEO role on permanent basis
SeaWorld veteran Marc Swanson has been named permanent CEO following a year of managing the role on an interim basis


Zoo Knoxville unveils US$18m reptile and amphibian habitat
The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus is the latest addition to the zoo’s multi-year masterplan


AZA to host virtual concert in support of US zoos and aquariums
‘All Together For Animals’ is happening in aid of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ members


San Diego Zoo becomes world’s first zoo to vaccinate great ape population against COVID-19
The great apes are the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19 following a breakout among the gorilla population earlier this year


WATCH: Smithsonian’s National Zoo launches trailer for new mobile game
Zoo Guardians is available now on Android and iOS


Part Two: Meet ‘Dino’ Don Lessem - The business of dinosaurs, the Trump toilet and the future of robotics
In part two of our exclusive interview with the man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs, ‘Dino’ Don Lessem returns to talk everything from the business of dinosaurs to the world-famous Trump Toilet


John and Melanie Bishop named first ever patrons of the Sea Life Trust
Following an ITV documentary last year on Merlin’s world-first beluga sanctuary, John and Melanie Bishop are getting ‘hands on’ with the Sea Life Trust as its new patrons


England’s theme parks, museums and zoos to reopen in April, as Boris Johnson sets out roadmap to end national lockdown
There’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel for attractions in Britain, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson laying out a roadmap to end restrictions in place at varying degrees for most of the last year


SeaWorld releases Lesley the manatee back into the wild
Lesley the manatee has finally returned home


Scottish government provides £2.5m in emergency funding for zoos and aquariums
Scotland’s animal attractions have been offered some much-needed funding to support animal care and conservation work during the pandemic


WATCH: Clearwater Marine Aquarium Dolphin aims to make it six out of six with Super Bowl prediction
After six straight correct predictions, is Nicholas the dolphin the greatest sport pundit in history?


Greece’s only zoo could close as COVID-19 puts major strain on finances
The zoo says it only has enough reserve finances to last another month


After 32 years Park Asterix is closing its Dolphinarium
Dolphins will not longer feature in the Poseidon Theatre at Parc Asterix with a new attraction to take its place


‘Tiger King’ zoo ordered to turn over its lion and tiger cubs, while Joe Exotic does not receive anticipated presidential pardon from Donald Trump
Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park ordered to surrender tiger and lion cubs, along with their mothers to the federal government.


‘He might be a bit gristly’ - London Zoo turns down Ricky Gervais’ request to be ‘fed to the lions’ after his death
Comedian Ricky Gervais wants to be fed to the lions when he dies but London Zoo doesn’t seem too keen on the idea...


Mystic Aquarium beluga import on hold following lawsuit
Friends of the Animals is seeking an injunction against the the Mystic Aquarium, which is trying to import five beluga whales from Canada’s Marineland


In case you missed it: How Chester Zoo is handling the pandemic, Boston Dynamic’s robotic groove and the new player about to enter Brazil’s waterpark market
Here are the top stories from Planet Attractions since the start of the year


Managing a pandemic: How has Chester Zoo handled the Coronavirus crisis?
How do you operate a zoo when your customers aren’t allowed to visit? Chester Zoo MD Jamie Christon tells Planet Attractions how the attraction made it through 2020 and what management’s outlook is for 2021


COVID crisis could force Edinburgh Zoo to give up lucrative pandas
The UK’s only giant pandas might not be able to stay in Scotland, with Edinburgh Zoo facing a £2m deficit


Sea World’s Carnivale set to return in January
The Gold Coast theme park and animal attraction is bringing back its popular Carnivale festival later this month


Sir David Attenborough advocates for zoos and aquariums in battle for species survival
The renowned naturalist and documentarian has backed zoos and aquariums for their work in conservation and education


Eye-catching US$55m aquarium comes to Missouri
The US$55m Branson aquarium is home to more than 7,500 sea creatures and a 55ft light up octopus called Aquarius


Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and new panda cub get three more years at Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Visitors to the US capital will still be able to enjoy the iconic Chinese bears


Four of Barcelona Zoo’s lions test positive for COVID-19
The zoo has contacted the Bronx Zoo in New York to learn how to treat the animals


WAZA president reflects on a year of turmoil for zoos and aquariums
Prof Theo Pagel, president of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and director of Germany’s Cologne Zoo, looks back at a year of turmoil for his community, while also looking at the future for visitors, biodiversity, education and animal protection.


Nine fictional attractions we wish existed in real life and one we definitely don’t
From The Simpsons to Black Mirror, we cross the entertainment multiverse to find the very best fictional attractions we wish existed, also offering you a real-world alternative.


WATCH: Inquisitive Monterey Bay Aquarium penguin takes in the visitor experience
Join Rey, a young African penguin, on her adventures, as she gets a private tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Ota Benga: The Congolese teenager caged and put on display in a zoo
Who was Ota Benga? How did this happen and why did it take 114 years for the zoo in question to apologise?


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