Nick Pelisek
Nick Pelisek

Nicholas Pelisek is studying civil engineering at the University of Miami in hopes of pursuing a career in the engineering and design of innovative zoo and aquarium environments. His passions and interests in zoos and aquariums were ignited through childhood trips to the Maryland Zoo and National Aquarium when he lived in Baltimore, and later through countless trips to Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando upon moving to Florida. He finds that the most intriguing aspect of zoo and aquarium design is the development of innovative ways for guests to connect with the animals, such as through training demonstration areas and the integration of rides and animal encounter experiences in the animal habitats. His favorite part of working on the Zoo Nation team is being able to share the exciting zoo and aquarium projects happening all over the country with fans who may not otherwise be able to see that the industry is constantly expanding, improving, and innovating. His favorite animals are elephants, crocodiles, parrots, and killer whales.

Polk Penguin Conservation Center, Photo by Jennie Miller/Detroit Zoo

Polk Penguin Conservation Center Now Open at Detroit Zoo

We previously discussed the Polk Penguin Conservation Center in an earlier article, but this amazing project is now open (as of April 18), and it is even more stunning...

Tasmanian Devils at St. Louis Zoo, Photo by Shannon Santangelo/St. Louis Zoo

Stingray and Tasmanian Devil Exhibits Now Open at St. Louis Zoo

Visitors to the St. Louis Zoo this summer will have two new exhibits to enjoy, one of which will allow guests to touch the animals.  The first of these exhibits to...

Sea Dragons, Photo by Newport Aquarium

Seahorses: Unbridled Fun Now Open at Newport Aquarium

This weekend, the Newport Aquarium hosted the grand opening of their newest exhibit, Seahorses: Unbridled Fun, which is being described as the “most interactive...

Honda Pacific Visions Theater, Concept Art by Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific Expansion: Pacific Visions

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California recently unveiled the plans for the first major expansion in its history: Pacific Visions.  Pacific Visions will...

New Field Station, Concept Art from Tennessee Aquarium

Tennessee Aquarium Expansion: New Field Station for the Conservation Institute

The Tennessee Aquarium’s latest project, an expansion of the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI), is on track to be completed by the end of 2016. ...

Sea Lions: Under the Boardwalk, Photo by Georgia Aquarium

Sea Lion and Dolphin Presentations Now Open at Georgia Aquarium

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Georgia Aquarium debuted a number of exciting new attractions to bring guests closer to marine animals, with the most notable...

Outdoor River Exhibits, Concept Art by PGAV Destinations

Breaking: New Mississippi Aquarium to Open in Gulfport in 2019

At a press conference this morning, plans for a new aquarium facility, the Mississippi Aquarium, to be built in Gulfport, Mississippi were revealed.  In a few short...

Brutus the Liger at Big Cat Habitat, Photo by Zoo Nation

Postcards from the Zoo: Big Cat Habitat

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of visiting the Big Cat Habitat, which is located in Sarasota, Florida.  Apart from being well-known for its world-class beaches,...

Caribbean Journey Project Building, Concept Art from Texas State Aquarium

Texas State Aquarium Expansion: Caribbean Journey

Starting in the spring of 2017, visitors to the Texas State Aquarium will be able to embark on incredible expeditions to discover wildlife endemic to the Caribbean in...

Gorongosa Exhibit Entrance, Concept Art from Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise Expansion: Gorongosa National Park

At the beginning of March, Zoo Boise announced that it was embarking on a capital campaign, known as “Zoo with a New View,” that will lead to the expansion of the...