About Us
Penny KurtzGuy SpatafordSwitch Zoo was created by instructional designer/artist Penny Kurtz, and software developer and animator/musician Guy Spataford. Our studio is Tubehead, in Albany, New York, US.

The idea of creating a zoo where visitors can make their own new animals came to us one day when we were contemplating fun things you could do with interactive multimedia. We started by making a small, nine-animal version of the zoo and publishing it online in 1999.

We soon began receiving lots of email from players who loved the zoo but wanted more animals. We also heard from school children and teachers who enjoyed using Switch Zoo for language arts, science and art projects. Their enthusiasm and suggestions prompted us to add many more animals, bringing the total to 142. In addition, we added more games and activities to the site, and information about animals including profiles of all the animals in Switch Zoo and a map of endangered species.

While maintaining the online zoo, we developed the Switch Zoo app. This version of Switch Zoo was designed to be played offline, which enabled us to use much larger pictures and animations, and include new features like the Randomizer, My Switcheroos, and the ability to name your animal and write a story. It was great making the iPad and Android versions... Switch Zoo could be played by touch for the first time.

We always enjoy hearing from visitors, so feel free to drop us a line! Thanks for visiting Switch Zoo. We hope you have a great time here!

Contact info: switchzookeeper at tubehead dot com