Zoos & Aquariums

Heart of Africa

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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Roto designed, developed, built and installed all interpretive elements for this ground-breaking zoo attraction, including theming, props, graphics and signage, indoor and outdoor interactives, and other special features. 


  • Content and interpretive development, writing and design
  • Extensive authentic African props and set dressing
  • Original animal and culturally-themed interactive elements
  • Accessible, interactive airplane and jeep vehicles
  • More than 300 themed signage elements
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Roto partnered with zoo education and animal care experts to develop wide-ranging interpretive content, covering animal adaptations, conservation themes, and authentic African cultural immersion. These studies informed extensive graphical and theming design. Creating exploratory, interactive experiences inside and outside a real aircraft and field jeep requires extensive expertise in guest behavior, playground safety codes, informal learning, and clever, adaptive theming design.

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Heart of Africa Exhibit
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Roto’s design-build capacity allowed the complete interpretive package to be created, developed, tested, built and installed for a fixed guaranteed allocation, equal to the zoo’s line budget for this entire scope.

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"Roto worked with us to design and fabricate all interpretive elements, including modifying an authentic Beech 18 plane. Their design and fabrication team provide great work and outstanding customer service."

- Karen Huebel, Director of Theming & Interpretive Design

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