Exhibit Award

About the Exhibit Award

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, through its Exhibit Award, recognizes excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit design by an AZA Institution (US or International) or Related Facility member. Only exhibits that were opened in calendar years 2014 and 2015 can be considered for the 2016 awards. Exhibits that opened to the public in 2016 must wait until 2017 to submit an application.

New in 2015: Awards are presented in two categories based on annual operating budget (budgets $5 million or less and budgets of more than $5 million).

If there is any question as to what constitutes an eligible project, please email Barbara Pueschel or call 301-244-3326.

How to Submit an Application

Download the Exhibit Award application (DOC)
Guidelines for Submission (PDF)
Remember to submit a Media Release Form with your application (DOC)

All Honors and Awards applications must be submitted in electronic format ONLY and must be compiled into one PDF file. Please make sure the file name reflects both the award name and the institution. AZA has contracted with Webcargo to provide a quick and easy way for you to submit your application. Send your application via Webcargo.


Past Recipients

2015

Operating Budgets under $5 million

Top Honors
Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History - Snow Monkeys
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island - Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center

Operating Budgets greater than $5 million

Top Honors
Assiniboine Park Zoo - Journey to Churchill
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Heart of Africa
San Diego Zoo Global - Tull Family Tiger Trail

Significant Achievement
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Land of the Tiger

Innovation
Indianapolis Zoo - Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center

2014

Top Honors
Fresno Chaffee Zoo - Sea Lion Cove
Philadelphia Zoo - KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children's Zoo & Faris Family Education Center

Significant Achievement
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - Encounter Africa
National Aquarium - Blacktip Reef

2013

Significant Achievement
Saint Louis Zoo for Sea Lion Sound

2012

Top Honors
The Louisville Zoo for Glacier Run

Significant Achievement
The California Science Center for Ecosystems
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for African Elephant Crossing
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for Elephants of Asia  

2011

Top Honors
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Polar Frontier
Fort Worth Zoo - Museum of Living Art (MOLA)
The Toledo Zoo - Nature's Neighborhood

Significant Achievement
Brevard Zoo - PAWS ON
Dallas Zoo - Giants of the Savanna

2010

Top Honors
Oregon Zoo - Predators of the Serengeti
Woodland Park Zoo - Humboldt Penguin Exhibit

Significant Achievement
Fundación Temaikèn - The Bird's Place
San Diego Zoo - Elephant Odyssey
The Philadelphia Zoo - McNeil Avian Center

2009

Top Honors
Minnesota Zoo — Russia's Grizzly Coast and Central Plaza

Significant Achievement
Bronx Zoo — Madagascar
North Carolina Zoo — Watani Grasslands Reserve

2008

Top Honors
National Aquarium in Baltimore — Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes

Significant Achievement
Minnesota Zoo — Minnesota Trail 

2007

Top Honors
Philadelphia Zoo — Big Cat Falls

Significant Achievement
Houston Zoo — Natural Encounters
Smithsonian National Zoological Park — Asia Trail

2006

Top Honors
Denver Zoo — Entrance and Predator Ridge

Significant Achievement
Lincoln Park Zoo — Regenstein Center for African Apes
San Antonio Zoo — Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot

2005

Top Honors
Jacksonville Zoo — Range of the Jaguar
Monterey Bay Aquarium — Sharks: Myth and Mystery

Significant Achievement
Lincoln Park Zoo — Regenstein African Journey
Oregon Zoo — Eagle Canyon
Woodland Park Zoo — Jaguar Cove

2004

Top Honors
Bronx Zoo / Wildlife Conservation Society — Tiger Mountain

Significant Achievement
John G. Shedd Aquarium — Wild Reef
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo — African Rift Valley

2003

Top Honors
Louisville Zoo — Gorilla Forest

Significant Achievement
Detroit Zoo — Arctic Ring of Life
Monterey Bay Aquarium — Jellies: Living Art

2002

Brookfield Zoo — Hamill Family Play Zoo
Detroit Zoological Institute — Amphibiville

2001

Minnesota Zoo — Wells Fargo Family Farm
John G. Shedd Aquarium — Amazon Rising: Seasons of the River

2000

Monterey Bay Aquarium — Mysteries of the Deep
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — Congo Gorilla Forest

1999

Toledo Zoo — Historic Aviary Renovation
John G. Shedd Aquarium — Seahorse Symphony

1998

New England Aquarium — Aquarium Medical Center
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum — Javelina Exhibit
Louisville Zoological Gardens — Islands Exhibit

1997

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — Butterfly Zone
Monterey Bay Aquarium — The Outer Bay

1996

National Zoological Park — Think Tank
Sea World of Florida — Wild Arctic

1995

Woodland Park Zoological Gardens — Northern Trail

1994

Cincinnati Zoo — Jungle Trails, The Asian and African Rainforest Exhibit
SeaWorld of Florida — Manatees: The Last Generation

1993

Woodland Park Zoological Gardens — Tropical Rain Forest

1992

John G. Shedd Aquarium — Oceanarium

1991

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — Baboon Reserve & African Market

1990

Woodland Park Zoological Gardens — Elephant Forest

1989

San Diego Zoo — Tiger River

1988

National Zoological Park — Invertebrate Exhibit

1987

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — Himalayan Highlands
San Diego Zoo — East African Rock Kopje

1986

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — JungleWorld

1985

Audubon Park & Zoological Garden — Louisiana Swamp Exhibit

1984

Sea World of California — The Penguin Encounter

1983

Oregon Zoo — Cascades; Stream & Pond Building

1982

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — Children's Zoo
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium — Polar Bear Complex

1981

Woodland Park Zoological Gardens — The African Savanna

1980

Hanna Barbera Marineland — Baja Reef

1979

Cincinnati Zoo — World of the Insect

1978

The Seattle Aquarium — Puget Sound Exhibit

1977

Saint Louis Zoological Park — Aquatic House Renovation

1976

Saint Louis Zoological Park — Big Cat Country

1975

Chicago Zoological Park — Saharan Predator Exhibit

1974

Topeka Zoological Park — Tropical Rain Forest


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