I was lucky to attend (and present at) The International Zoo Design Conference held in Poland in 2017. Many speakers from around the world talked about their experiences designing habitats or theorizing on the future of zoos and aquariums. While the majority of attendees were from Europe, folks from South America, Africa, and many countries in Asia presented their unique points of view. Although the theme was "Designing for Enrichment," four much deeper lessons held with me for continued thought and on-going discussion for the continued evolution of zoos and aquariums around the world. In this article originally posted to Blooloop.com, I explain those four take-aways:
Euro & American Zoos are Cousins, branching from the same ancestor like an evolutionary tree.
Dynamism as a new goal and design inspiration in everything habitat related.
Rethink the measure and definition of success for species in captivity.
Guests require that zoos care for the their animals as priority one, but often do not understand what good animal care is.
Take a look, and let me know your thoughts!