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Zoo design – micro-landscapes and biodiverity

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FEKETE Orsolya

(From previous issue No.38)

Designing a zoo primary means creating hygienic, safe, comfortable and diverse habitats for animals. At the same time zoo design focuses on an institutional garden, which functions as a walkable recreational spatial structure dedicated for the visitors by offering a harmonic, informative environment that provides livable experiences. Zoos are also sustainable nature conservation centers, led by scientific and ecological aims. These three most important principles mentioned above can be observed in the spatial structure and most important objectives of the zoos themselves. The structure of the visitor areas, the system of the maintenance areas and the system of the habitats are characterized by significantly different operating schemes. While the relations of these three designwise distinct spatial structures define the zoo experience and the operating system of the zoo, it is essential to analyze each spatial system by itself and also examine their harmony.

The most characteristic spatial and road structures in zoos

The most characteristic spatial and road structures in zoos

The most important objectives of the modern zoos are the conservation of biodiversity, to support green education and nature protection researches. From these aims, green education can be fostered the most by zoo design through making the message of zoos – the importance of preserving biodiversity – clear. Educational boards are not effective enough in this case. The complex mission of zoos can be credibly represented only by a coordinated unity of the displayed animals and their enclosures and only if the view of the enclosure shows unequivocal relation between the species and their natural habitats.