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.

Underwater Viewing at Hippo Outpost, Concept Art from Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo Expansion: Hippo Outpost

The Dallas Zoo just recently broke ground on their newest project: Hippo Outpost, which is scheduled for completion in spring of 2017.  Hippo Outpost will feature...

Alaskan Adventure, Concept Art from Omaha Zoo Foundation

Omaha Zoo Expansion: Alaskan Adventure

This summer will already be tremendously busy and exciting at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha due to the opening of the African Grasslands exhibit (see here...

Penguin Isle Entrance, Photo by Zoo Nation

Penguin Isle Now Open at Miami Seaquarium

Just this past week, the Miami Seaquarium opened its brand-new penguin exhibit, Penguin Isle.  Home to 10 African penguins, Penguin Isle offers guests a fantastic...

Tiger Viewing Mesh, Concept Art by Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo Expansion: The Edge

In 2016, the Denver Zoo will be opening several new experiences, most notably “The Edge,” a brand-new $2.5 million exhibit that will immerse guests into the world of...

Sea Lion Landing Overview, Concept Art by Riverbanks Zoo

Summer of the Sea Lion at Georgia Aquarium and Riverbanks Zoo

Two zoos are coming down the home stretch and nearing completion of their sea lion exhibits that will be ready for guests by the summer.  The Georgia Aquarium and the...

Swing Ride at Adventure-land, Photo from Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium

Adventure-land Now Open at Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium

A massive project is now open at Arizona’s Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium.  Adventure-land, which opened officially on February 1, 2016, is a 15-acre expansion...

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Breaking: Ocean Explorer Attraction To Open At SeaWorld San Diego in 2017

Just over three months ago, SeaWorld announced at its Investor Day presentation that new conservation-themed rides and experiences would be coming to its theme parks....

Snow Leopard Habitat at Lost Kingdom, Concept Art by Tulsa Zoo

Tulsa Zoo Expansion: Lost Kingdom

In 2017, the Tulsa Zoo will begin offering its visitors a glimpse into the lives of rare and elusive species from all across Asia in its brand new exhibit, Lost...

Discovery Point Project Overview, Concept Art by SeaWorld

2016 SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Parks Expansion Round-Up

2016 is slated to be a huge year for the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks around the country, especially at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando and San Antonio and at Busch...

Killer Whale and Dolphin Show, Photo by Zoo Nation

Postcards From The Zoo: Miami Seaquarium

Greetings from Miami Seaquarium!  Nestled right sunny south Florida, this is one of the oldest operating marine parks in the country. The star attractions of the...