of echidnas, cicadas, chameleons and spiders, along with thousands of tiny
lanterns made by local students.
“A detailed how-to document was produced and distributed to schools with
the lantern-making kits so the children could follow each easy step while build-
ing their lanterns,” she says. “The school lanterns were a big hit with visitors.”
Engaging all stakeholders from the start helped Ms. Scobie’s team secure buy-in
and identify and solve problems from all angles. For example, the team learned
that its decision to place a lantern across a little-used path blocked a construction
crew’s access to an unrelated zoo project site. The team also discovered that turn-
ing the lights on at dusk—as it originally planned—would startle animals. So lights
were turned on an hour before dusk to ease the transition.
In the end, the event kicked off on schedule on 27 May to rave reviews—
thanks to the tireless efforts of the project team, Ms. Scobie says.
“Everyone knew what they needed to do so there were no surprises. Good
project management from the beginning helped make it all work.” PM
Exhibits from Vivid
Zoo project. Below
left, lanterns made