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.

World's Largest Elephant Pool, Concept Art by GLMV Architecture

Sedgwick County Zoo Expansion: Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is busy at work with their massive African Grasslands expansion, which will prominently feature a herd of African elephants. ...

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Detroit Zoo Expansion: Polk Penguin Conservation Center

This April, visitors to the Detroit Zoo will be able to experience an all-new penguin exhibit, called the Polk Penguin Conservation Center.  When the Penguin...

Elephant Lands Now Open at Oregon Zoo

The $57 million Elephant Lands expansion at the Oregon Zoo in Portland is now open. Zoo Nation Elephant Lands at the Oregon Zoo has been an eight-year project in the...

African Adventure at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Photo by Craig Kohlruss/ The Fresno Bee

African Adventure Now Open at Fresno Chaffee Zoo

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo has now opened its $56 million African Adventure expansion, which contributes a lot of new space for exploring and making wildlife connections at...

Baboon Exhibit at Africa Rocks, Concept Art by San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo Expansion: Africa Rocks

The San Diego Zoo is preparing for a massive centennial celebration in 2017 and the centerpiece of this celebration will be the upcoming Africa Rocks exhibit.  Africa...

Concept Art for Penguin Cove, Art from Louisville Zoo

Louisville Zoo Expansion: Elephant Encounter and Penguin Cove

The Louisville Zoo is preparing to unveil the first components of its Leadership Capital Campaign project series.  The Leadership Capital Campaign, which all-together...

Building Overview, Concept Art by New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium Expansion – Ocean Wonders: Sharks

The New York Aquarium is preparing to make a huge splash in 2016 with the opening of their all-new exhibit building, Ocean Wonders: Sharks.  The new exhibit is at the...

Sable Antelope Exhibit, Artwork by Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Omaha Zoo Expansion: Phase 2 of African Grasslands

Previously, we discussed some of the plans for the first phase of the African Grasslands expansion project at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska, but...

Elephant Demonstration Area, Artwork by Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Omaha Zoo Expansion: Phase 1 of African Grasslands

In 2014, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska was rated as the world’s best zoo by TripAdvisor.  Now, they are busy at work in adding to their zoo...

Artwork by Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo Expansion: Phase 1 of the Grow Wild Campaign

The Nashville Zoo is busy at work in implementing its “Grow Wild” campaign, which is a master plan for growth and expansion of the zoo to underdeveloped portions of...