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Zoos & Aquariums

High-performing zoos, aquariums and nature centers are welcoming a whole new era of visitor experience, adapting techniques from interactive museums to entertainment for more immersive, memorable and socially-engaging animal and conservation exhibits.

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Frost Museum of Science, The Living Core View Case Study →

Comprehensive planning and design services

Roto provides an extensive suite of professional planning and design services for living collections and associated interpretive and interactive exhibits—for projects at any size located anywhere in the world. Our portfolio includes many of the major institutions across the zoo and aquarium field.

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A whole new ecosystem of guest experiences

Roto experience and designs go way beyond animal exhibits, bringing leading ideas from children’s and science museums, interactive outdoor attractions and themed entertainment to open whole new avenues of experience for nature-based destinations.

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World-class aquarium design

With its acquisition of Lyons/Zaremba in 2018, Roto services include more than 30 years of top-quality aquarium design for some of the world’s greatest institutions, including National Aquarium, New England Aquarium, Frost Museum, and the Florida Aquarium, as well as numerous new-construction projects in China and the Middle East.

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Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Heart of Africa View Case Study →

Highly-reliable, single-source of accountability

As a large and reliable employee-owned company providing turnkey execution services for major leisure destinations worldwide, Roto offers more than construction administration, bringing complex, integrated projects to completion on guaranteed budgets and opening dates.

Roto knows about guests and the guest experience. They are pros in the creative world of making a guest experience unforgettable and excellent.

- John P. Chapo, President/CEO Lincoln Children's Zoo

Services

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    Lincoln Children's Zoo View Case Study →

    Master Planning

    Roto offers institutional strategy, audience evaluation, feasibility analysis, interpretive planning, and integrated branding design, together with a world-leading specialty in the master planning and conceptual design of innovative visitor experiences.

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    Toledo Zoo & Aquarium View Case Study →

    Animal Exhibit Design

    Roto designs animal exhibits with an immense resource of new and proven techniques for habitats, theming, lighting, architectural enclosures, visitor amenities, and back-of-house operations.

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    Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Heart of Africa View Case Study →

    Interpretive Design

    Roto’s zoo and aquarium experience began with branding and interpretive design, creating coherent and compelling messages in themed murals and props, signage and labels, custom sculptured models and artwork, interactive encounters, and staff-led educational programs. Our work includes extensive research and experience in how to engage guests emotionally and personally with conservation causes and action.

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    Baobab Carousel View Case Study →

    Themed Design & Attractions

    Roto has extensive skills and portfolio in themed environmental design, including rockwork, foliage, murals, and architecture, as well as in rides, custom attractions, and outdoor adventure experiences. With exceptional versatility in both themed entertainment and museums and zoos, Roto can deliver themed design and attractions consistent with institutional mission, goals and strategy.

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    Interactive Engineering

    As a world-leading developer of interactive experiences for the museum and entertainment sectors, Roto has delivered unique first-hand experiences for zoos and nature centers that create instant buzz and memorability. From squirting elephant statues to racing cheetahs, animal comparison contests to macroscopic views of gorgeous insects, Roto can both design and deliver original attractions on any scale.

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    Hogle Zoo, Elephant Encounter View Case Study →

    Design-Build

    For projects with complex integration of custom interpretive, media, or interactive elements, Roto provides complete design-build accountability, or sole-source contracting within larger GC scopes, to guarantee on-time and on-budget results.

Related Clients

  • Newport Aquarium
  • Vail Resorts
  • Lincoln Childrens Zoo
  • Texas State Aquarium
  • Hogle Zoo
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Thanksgiving Point
  • Museum of Discovery & Science
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
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