Situated on the mighty Brazos River in Waco, Texas, Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum has an important ecology story to tell in its own community. The Mayborn hired Roto to help the museum reimagine its interactive family gallery focused on local ecology and natural life around the region. The resulting Backyard Ecology Hall incorporates live animals, interactive exhibits, and natural history collections into an energetic and cohesive new exhibit about the amazing natural world found in “your own backyard.”
As with any live animal exhibit, functionality for staff and a high standard of animal care is the top priority. Collaborating with Mayborn’s experienced animal care staff, Roto’s living collections experts tailored this design to the practical everyday needs of this museum and its audience. In addition to establishing a new devoted back-of-house animal care room adjacent to the gallery, the Roto design incorporated husbandry supply storage, access needs, enclosure flexibility, and animal containment directly into the new displays. The display infrastructure also supports on-the-spot staff demonstrations, making special animal encounters for visitors easier and safer than ever before.