Archive for September, 2017


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While researching an unrelated piece, I began realizing that for a number of years, Falcon’s Creative Group has been at the forefront of redesigning the aquarium and marine life park experience – through virtual worlds, real animals, or a combination of the two – ranging from an interpretive coral reef experience at the Florida Aquarium (above) to a concept for an innovative live killer whale exhibit (below).

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Following are a gallery of photos, videos, and conceptual artwork for some of the biggest marine life projects to come from this Orlando-based creative design and media production company.

TurtleTrek, SeaWorld Orlando

Following a journey through two aquariums, one with rescued manatees, the other with rescued sea turtles, guests experience a 360 degree dome presentation in 3D showcasing the life of a turtle, encouraging them to become everyday heroes in protecting the environment.

Manta, SeaWorld San Diego

After visiting a gallery with real rays, guests board a roller coaster car and are launched from a media tunnel where they experience life under the sea with a school of animated mantas. The launch tunnel was overseen by Falcon’s.

Media Canopy, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

Five distinct storylines appear on the 300 foot long, 100 foot wide media screen that covers the entrance to this Chinese marine life park.

Deep Sea Odyssey, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

The ride attraction integrated into Chimelong’s world record-breaking aquarium tank, Deep Sea Odyssey combines animatronics, animation, projection mapping, and real whale sharks into a single experience.

Ocean Odyssey, National Geographic Encounter

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTER is a first-of-its kind immersive entertainment experience that harnesses ground-breaking technology in new ways to transport guests on an incredible underwater journey. Visitors walk through the experience with friends and family, journeying across the Pacific Ocean to interact with and encounter the ocean’s greatest wonders and mightiest creatures. Guests will come face-to-face with humpback whales and great white sharks, Humboldt squid and sea lions, and animals you’ve never dreamed of…in ways they’ve never seen. Opening October.

Atlantis Sanya Resort

A joint project of Chinese company FUSON (owner of Club Med and Cirque du Soleil – Blue Man Group) and Kerzner International (Atlantis The Palms Dubai), this is one of three marine life parks currently under construction in the Sanya resort area of China’s Hainan Island. In addition to the traditional Atlantis animal attractions of a swim with dolphins program and a waterslide descent through an aquarium tank, Sanya will feature a number of firsts for the brand – including belugas, whale sharks, and a dolphin performance arena. Opening 2018.

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ABOVE: Rescue efforts at The Texas Zoo. Source – San Antonio Zoo

There are a number of ways to help attractions, museums, zoos and aquariums, and their staff who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, along with ways to help others effected in Texas and Louisiana.

If you’re looking for ways to contribute to the people in Texas and Louisiana directly impacted by Harvey, Charity Navigator has a list of reputable charities providing support in the aftermath, for both humans and animals:

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5239&from=homepage

IAAPA encourages donations to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and to the Macau Red Cross for relief efforts in Hong Kong, Macau, and Zhuhai, which received a direct hit from Typhoon Hato on August 23.

http://www.iaapa.org/news/hurricane-harvey-and-typhoon-hato-update

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is encouraging support of efforts by both the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM).

http://www.aam-us.org/about-us/media-room/2017/american-alliance-of-museums-calls-for-the-field-to-support-museums-ravaged-by-hurricane-harvey

AASLH has set up a cultural relief fund and is seeking those trained or experienced in dealing with disasters to volunteer in assisting museums and heritage sites in the region. Additionally, attendees to the AASLH annual conference Sept 6-9 in Austin are encouraged to sign up for volunteer trips to help in the storm damaged areas.

http://blogs.aaslh.org/hurricane-harvey-cultural-relief-fund/

ACM has set up a fund to assist local children’s museum staff who may have been personally impacted by the storm. This includes staff from Galveston Children’s Museum, The Woodlands Children’s Museum, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent, Children’s Museum of Houston, Beaumont Children’s Museum, and The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley.

http://childrensmuseums.org/acm-harvey-relief-fund

The San Antonio Zoo has been spearheading efforts with other Texas zoos and aquariums to save animals at the Downtown Aquarium Houston and The Texas Zoo in Victoria, both of which were isolated by storm water and suffered facility damage. My interview with the Zoo’s Executive Director Tim Morrow, which includes a link where you can donate to the effort, is below:

http://www.inparkmagazine.com/texas-zoo-aquarium-rescue-efforts/

The AZA has also set up a fund to assist those Texas zoo and aquarium staff and their families personally impacted by the storm.

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/azarelief