Museum of Living Art Wins Prestigious Award for Exhibit Design

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Museum of Living Art Wins Prestigious Award for Exhibit Design

Silver Spring, Md. – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Fort Worth Zoo has received 2011 Top Honors in exhibit design for its Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The AZA Exhibit Award recognizes excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit design by an AZA-accredited Institution (U.S. or International) or Related Facility member.

“The AZA Exhibit Award recognizes the Fort Worth Zoo’s innovative leadership and dedication to excellence,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “The Museum of Living Art demonstrates how the Fort Worth Zoo, and all AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, are connecting people and animals – inspiring and educating in new and exciting ways.”

The Fort Worth Zoo’s Museum of Living Art (MOLA) is a 30,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor herpetological facility that houses more than 250 amphibian and reptile species, representing more than 5,700 animals. MOLA includes spacious, humidity-controlled exhibits and state-of-the-art conservation tools, such as quarantine rooms and hibernacula that facilitate the breeding of rare, endangered and critically endangered animals.

In response to the recent global amphibian crisis, the Fort Worth Zoo prioritized housing, research and breeding amphibians in a building specifically designed to meet the animals’ needs. Open encounter areas encourage discussion and education and allow guests to come face-to-face with exotic reptiles. Complete with educational programming and correlating activities such as backpack tours and keeper chats, MOLA shares messages of environmental stewardship with guests, students and teachers throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. MOLA is impressive not only for the diverse and rare animal collection it houses, but also for its rare architecture and building design.

The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide and the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the brand new Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. To learn more visit


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