3 days of lectures (5th7thApril 2017)

Optional excursions:
4thApril 2017: Opole Zoo – – and Krasiejow Jurapark – – meeting up at 8:00 am in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel (address: ), estimated return time: 18:00.
8thApril 2017: Goerlitz Zoo – – and Muzakowski (Bad Muskau) Park – – meeting up at 9:00 am in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel (address: ), estimated return time: 19:00.

Ice breaker in Hydropolis Water Museum – 20:00-23:00 4thApril 2017

Zoo visit, farewell dinner and party in ZOO Wrocław – afternoon and evening 7thApril 2017

Detailed programme

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 – Zoo design trends and developments

08:00-09:00 Registration and Exhibition open

09:00-09:25 Welcome address by the host and organizer: Learning from animals – Radosław Ratajszczak, Zoo Wrocław

09:25-09:45 Welcome address by the co-organizer: Evolution of Zoo Design – Monika Fiby, ZooLex

09:45-10:30 Keynote: Embedding Environmental Enrichment into New Zoo Animal Facility Design – Jon Charles Coe, Jon Coe Design Pty Ltd

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Session: Zoo design trends and developments – Chair: Jon Charles Coe, Jon Coe Design Pty Ltd

11:00-11:10 Introduction by the chair

11:10-11:30 Integrating the Zoos ‘Committing to Conservation’ into Zoo Design – Alex Rübel, Zoo Zürich

11:30-11:50 Everything Counts: A Discussion of Why Aesthetics Matter in Achieving Conservation by Design – Keith McClintock, Studio Hanson Roberts

11:50-12:10 Zoo Evolution and the Role of Design – Kieran Stanley, dan pearlman experience architecture

12:10-12:30 Fashion versus the Common Sense – Radosław Ratajszczak, Zoo Wrocław

12:30-12:50 East Meets West: How Cultural Attitudes and Belief Systems Influence Zoo Design – Michael Graetz, Design for Life Consultancy

12:50-13:00 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:10 Session: Zoo design trends and developments – Chair: Radosław Ratajszczak, Zoo Wrocław

14:00-14:10 Introduction by the chair

14:10-14:30 Designing Built-in Animal Enrichment Devices – Mariusz Bleszynski, PGAV

14:30-15:00 Swinging into Islands – Chloe Helm, Chester Zoo

15:00-15:20 Original Zoo Exhibits; the Art of not Copying your Neighbour – Marc Damen, Dutch Zoo Federation

15:20-15:40 Designing Zoos for Survival or Species – Design Process Timeline – Julia Hanuliakova, Zoo Design

15:40-16:00 On The Sex Trail: And What’s The Use Of Males Anyway? A Hypothetical New Zoo Exhibit – Bernard Harrison

16:00-16:10 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

16:10-16:40 Coffee break

16:40-17:00 Poster presentations

17:00-18:00 Discussion panel: Zoo Strategies and Design Answers with Simon Tonge, Bernard Harrison, Becca Hanson – Chair: Alex Rübel

Thursday, 6 April 2017 – Enrichment for welfare

08:30-08:45 Keynote: Zoo Design versus Good Animal Welfare: Are we Trying to Reconcile the Irreconcilable? – Simon Tonge, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust

08:45-10:30 Session: Enrichment for Welfare – Chair: Simon Tonge

08:45-08:50 Introduction by the chair

08:50-09:05 Animal Welfare Outcomes Driving the Exhibit Design Process – Richard Rowe, Melbourne Zoo

09:05-09:25 A Novel Methodology to Identify Behavioural and Cognitive Needs to Inform Habitat Design – Jake Veasey, Care for the Rare

09:25-09:45 Designing with Wolves – A Mountain with a Wolf on it Stands a Little Taller – Julia Hanuliakova, Zoo Design

09:45-10:05 Designing for Resilience – Becca Hanson, Studio Hanson Roberts

10:05-10:25 Balancing Wellness and Guest Experience: Show Your Work – Stacey Ludlum, PGAV

10:25-10:30 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Session: Examples of Built-in Enrichment – Chair: Julia Hanuliakova, Zoo Design

11:00-11:05 Introduction by the chair

11:05-11:25 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

11:25-11:45 King Penguins and the Dangers of Assumption – Kåre Jensen, ZooCentral

11:45-12:05 Building for Elephants – Sabine Merz, Erfurt Zoo

12:05-12:25 Built-in Enrichment for Elephant Exhibit, Innovative Feeders – Jeanette Summers, Sedgwick County Zoo

12:25-12:45 Elephants – Challenges and Rewards Designing a Living Space for the Grey Giants – Klaus Wünnemann, Stefan Geretschläger, Zoo Heidelberg

12:45-13:00 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Session: Examples of Built-in Enrichment – Chair: Becca Hanson, Studio Hanson Roberts

14:00-14:05 Introduction by the chair

14:05-14:50 New Ideas in Zoo Design are Never the Province of the Risk Averse – Douglas Richardson, Highland Wildlife Park

14:50-15:10 Mixing Predators and Prey: a Successful Exhibit – Frank Carlos Camacho, Africam Safari

15:10-15:30 Built-in Enrichment Renovation at Tokiwa Zoo in Ube, Japan – Kenji Wako, Osaka University of Arts

15:30-15:50 Combining Community Engagement, Enrichment and Experience at Reid Park Zoo – Jason Jacobs, Reid Park Zoo

15:50-16:00 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Session: Plant use for Enrichment – Chair: Monika Fiby, Zoolex

16:30-16:35 Introduction by the chair

16:35-16:55 Which Plants will Suit the New Exhibit? – Lars Bo Kjeldstrøm, Tropical Zoo Plants

16:55-17:15 Dublin Zoo Gorilla Rainforest – Stephen Butler, Dublin Zoo

17:15-17:35 Synergies Between New and Existing Structures – Ways to Achieve Green Enrichment Benefits for Animals, Plants and People – Jörg Schneider, dan pearlman experience architecture

17:35-17:55 Integrating Green Walls that Enrich the Animals’ Habitat – Jan Breedijk, Nieuwkoop

17:55-18:00 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

Friday, 7 April 2017 – Technical Aspects of Zoo Design

08:30-11:00 Session: Technical Aspects of Zoo Design – Chair: Radosław Ratajszczak, Zoo Wrocław

08:30-08:35 Introduction by the chair

08:35-08:55 Are Zero Energy & Waste Zoos Possible? – Nedim Mehmedbegovic, Deerns

08:55-09:15 Mixed Species Exhibits; a Challenge for Everybody – Marc Damen, Dutch Zoo Federation

09:15-09:35 Substrates and Soil Compaction – Stephen Butler, Dublin Zoo

09:35-09:55 Preventing Bird Collisions with Glass – Monika Fiby, ZooLex

09:55-10:15 Starlight, not Searchlights: Light and Proper Animal Care in Aquariums and Zoos – James Karl Fischer, The Zoological Lighting Institute

10:15-10:35 Animal Enclosure Design with Virtual Reality – Yves Willems, Close to Bone

10:35-10:55 ZooLex 2.0 – Jonas Homburg, ZooLex

10:55-11:00 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Session: Working with external experts – Chair: Marc Damen, Dutch Zoo Federation

11:30-11:40 Introduction by the chair

11:40-12:00 Grand Opening’s Desillusion – Erik van Vliet, Erik van Vliet Zoo Design

12:00-12:20 Low Profile Zoo Coping with High Profile Expectations – the Role of External Experts – Davorka Maljkovic, Zagreb Zoo

12:20-12:40 Bringing External Knowledge into your Project; Story of a Botanical Engineer – Lars Bo Kjeldstrøm, Tropical Zoo Plants

12:40-13:00 Playing Nice and Using Your Words: Communication between Design Teams and Zoo Staff during Exhibit Design and Construction – Barbara Brem, ZooLex

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:30 Discussion panel: Working with external experts with Marc Damen, Michael Graetz, Jake Veasey – Chair: Radoslaw Ratajszczak, Zoo Wrocław

15:00-18:00 Zoo Wrocław visit

18:00-24:00 Farewell dinner and party in Zoo Wrocław

Information for speakers

All speakers are expected to produce a Power Point presentation (version of Power Point on the conference venue computer: 2010) and bring it on USB memory stick. Your Power Point presentation is required in advance of the session at the latest in order to make the necessary arrangements for uploading your file onto the computer in the conference room. Please do not submit your presentation by e-mail.

There will be a chairperson responsible for each session, introducing the speakers, controlling the timing of the sessions and facilitating questions.

Steering committee members

Radoslaw Ratajszczak / Wroclaw Zoo
Monika Fiby / ZooLex
Lee Ehmke / Houston Zoo
Simon Tonge / Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust
Eric van Vliet / Amersfoort Zoo