Zoo Design Conference

2017 International Zoo Design Conference

organized by Zoo Wroclaw and ZooLex Zoo Design Organization
from 4 to 7 April 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland,
with 250 participants from 39 countries.
Theme: Animal welfare through built-in enrichment


Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Zoo design trends and developments

Welcome address by the host and organizer:
Learning from animals – Radoslaw Ratajszczak, Zoo Wroclaw

Welcome address by the co-organizer:
Evolution of Zoo Design – Monika Fiby, ZooLex Zoo Design Organization

Embedding Environmental Enrichment into New Zoo Animal Facility Design – Jon Charles Coe, Jon Coe Design Pty Ltd

Integrating the Zoos 'Committing to Conservation' into Zoo Design – Alex Rübel, Zoo Zürich

Everything Counts: A Discussion of Why Aesthetics Matter in Achieving Conservation by Design – Keith McClintock, Studio Hanson Roberts

Zoo Evolution and the Role of Design – Kieran Stanley, dan pearlman experience architecture

Fashion versus the Common Sense – Radoslaw Ratajszczak, Zoo Wroclaw

East Meets West: How Cultural Attitudes and Belief Systems Influence Zoo Design – Michael Graetz, Design for Life Consultancy

Designing Built-in Animal Enrichment Devices – Mariusz Bleszynski, PGAV

Swinging into Islands – Chloe Helm, Chester Zoo

Original Zoo Exhibits; the Art of not Copying your Neighbour – Marc Damen, Dutch Zoo Federation

Designing Zoos for Survival or Species – Design Process Timeline – Julia Hanuliakova, Zoo Design

On The Sex Trail: And What's The Use Of Males Anyway? A Hypothetical New Zoo Exhibit – Bernard Harrison

Poster presentations:

Enclosure Design and Educational Purposes – Amélie Romain, Akongo

Environmental effects on animal welfare: A new exhibit for a colony of Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) – Camillo Sandri, Barbara Regaiolli, Daniela Galietta, Cesare Avesani Zaborra, Caterina Spiezio, Parco Natura

Barbary Macaque Experience - Including Rescued Primates in Exhibit Design – Jonkers, G.J. and Verbruggen, J.P., AAP

Plants as Built-in Enrichment in the Habitats of Arboreal Species – Orsolya Fakete, Krisztina Szabó, Budapest University

Thursday, 6 April 2017
Enrichment for welfare

Zoo Design versus Good Animal Welfare: Are we Trying to Reconcile the Irreconcilable? – Simon Tonge, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust

Animal Welfare Outcomes Driving the Exhibit Design Process – Richard Rowe, Melbourne Zoo

A Novel Methodology to Identify Behavioural and Cognitive Needs to Inform Habitat Design – Jake Veasey, Care for the Rare

Designing with Wolves – A Mountain with a Wolf on it Stands a Little Taller – Julia Hanuliakova, Zoo Design

Designing for Resilience – Becca Hanson, Studio Hanson Roberts

Balancing Wellness and Guest Experience: Show Your Work – Stacey Ludlum, PGAV

All in One? The Multidisciplinary Approach to Create the Modern Exhibit: the Story of the Giant Salamander House at Prague Zoo – Jaroslav Simek, Prague Zoo

King Penguins and the Dangers of Assumption – Kåre Jensen, ZooCentral

Building for Elephants – Sabine Merz, Erfurt Zoo

Built-in Enrichment for Elephant Exhibit, Innovative Feeders – Jeanette Summers, Sedgwick County Zoo

Elephants – Challenges and Rewards Designing a Living Space for the Grey Giants – Klaus Wünnemann, Stefan Geretschläger, Zoo Heidelberg

New Ideas in Zoo Design are Never the Province of the Risk Averse – Douglas Richardson, Highland Wildlife Park

Mixing Predators and Prey: a Successful Exhibit – Frank Carlos Camacho, Africam Safari

Built-in Enrichment Renovation at Tokiwa Zoo in Ube, Japan – Kenji Wako, Osaka University of Arts

Which Plants will Suit the New Exhibit? – Lars Bo Kjeldstrøm, Tropical Zoo Plants

Dublin Zoo Gorilla Rainforest – Stephen Butler, Dublin Zoo

Synergies Between New and Existing Structures – Ways to Achieve Green Enrichment Benefits for Animals, Plants and People – Jörg Schneider, dan pearlman experience architecture

Integrating Green Walls that Enrich the Animals' Habitat – Jan Breedijk, Nieuwkoop

Friday, 7 April 2017
Technical Aspects of Zoo Design

Are Zero Energy & Waste Zoos Possible? – Nedim Mehmedbegovic, Deerns

Mixed Species Exhibits; a Challenge for Everybody – Marc Damen, Dutch Zoo Federation

Substrates and Soil Compaction – Stephen Butler, Dublin Zoo

Preventing Bird Collisions with Glass – Monika Fiby, Zoo Design

Starlight, not Searchlights: Light and Proper Animal Care in Aquariums and Zoos – James Karl Fischer, The Zoological Lighting Institute

Animal Enclosure Design with Virtual Reality – Yves Willems, Close to Bone

ZooLex 2.0 – Jonas Homburg, ZooLex Zoo Design Organization

Grand Opening's Desillusion – Erik van Vliet, Erik van Vliet Zoo Design

Low Profile Zoo Coping with High Profile Expectations – the Role of External Experts – Davorka Maljkovic, Zagreb Zoo

Bringing External Knowledge into your Project; Story of a Botanical Engineer – Lars Bo Kjeldstrøm, Tropical Zoo Plants

Playing Nice and Using Your Words: Communication between Design Teams and Zoo Staff during Exhibit Design and Construction – Barbara Brem, ZooLex Zoo Design Organization



I enjoyed the conference very much, well done for organising it.
(Simon Tonge, Executive Director, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust)

I would like to express my admiration and gratitude for the great organization of this congress! The content exceeded my expectations and I have only heared complimenting comments from others.
(Erik van Vliet)

It was a wonderful conference and I greatly appreciate your and your colleague's effort to make it possible.
(Etsuo Narushima,DVM, Executive Director, Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums)

I have incredibly enjoyed the conference in Wroclaw.
(Jonas Livet, President Association Les Zoos dans le Monde)

Thank you for being the driving force behind this event. I really enjoyed the presentations and meeting the creative talent and knowledgeable individuals. I will be looking forward to the next zoo design conference.
(Mariusz Bleszynski, Project Manager, PGAV DESTINATIONS)

Being at the conference has been a great opportunity to learn, to see how it works 'behind', and to meet. Thanks for all your efforts.
(Lia Battaglin, Africa Style - Real Passion)

It was a fantastic event and thank you very much for organising it. It was great to chat to other zoos and professionals and hear about all the issues and solutions suggested as well as learning about some innovative technologies that are being used.
(Rhiannon Szmidt, Senior Project Manager, Zoological Society of London)

Thank you for having us! It was a great conference. I hope you do endeavor to continue doing these regularly.
(Stacey Ludlum, Director of Zoo & Aquarium Planning and Design, PGAV DESTINATIONS)

I must applaud you for the great work you did in organizing the conference. Thank you so much.
(Tommy Wilken, Managing Partner, zoOceanarium Group)

Many thanks for the great conference. I returned home very inspired and gained many new ideas.
(Eva Kaltenbach, Zoologischer Stadtgarten Karlsruhe)

I wanted to congratulate you on the great organization.
(Mauricio Diche R., Oceanikworld Zoo Consulting)

The organization and catering was excellent, thank you.
(Dr. J.B. van Laarhoven, Zoo-Export)

Thank you for a great conference: the topics were on-point and very interesting. And it was wonderful getting to meet so many new colleagues in the industry, as well as participating in the pre- and post-conference tours and after-conference discussions. I look forward to continuing talks with my new acquaintances and for the next design conference.
(Barbara Brem, Editor, ZooLex Zoo Design Organization)