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I'm final year student starting my thesis. I am planing to do my design thesis on animals like designing of a zoo. Can u please suggest me some intresting zoo design case studies in India and world.
Hanna Chauhan
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Zoo
Hanna, the trend today is towards increasing the richness and complexity of any animal enclosure to provide an improved quality of life as close as possible to the original wild habitat.

The other option is the Safari Parks in the UK which are mainly very large enclosures which (human) visitors drive through in their cars.
Frank John Snelling
Zoo
hey.........thanks i will have a look at tht.... do u have any more options on a smaller scale coz i will have site area limitations....
Hanna Chauhan
Zoo
Dear Hanna,

There are 4 zoos documented in ArchNet. Among them, the zoo in Singapore is probably the most easily accessible in terms of documentation.
ArchNet Administration
Zoo
hey went through it...bt its on entrance plaza....i want to know more on the zoo planning and stuff.... i wane see some layout of zoo.....
Hanna Chauhan
Zoo
Many zoo's built in the 50s through the 80s are no longer accepted by the public. The idea of caging animals in inhumane environments is undergoing a re-think. New zoos are adapting. Your design should challenge the notion of the traditional zoo. Some existing zoos to consider are Basel Zoo, Singapore Zoo and the National Zoological Garden in Pretoria, South Africa.
Shiraz Allibhai
Zoo
hey thanks a lot...even i think that old zoo do nt full fill the animal requirements......and hence through my thesis i wane bring in some change with respect to zoo architecture.. do u have more data in terms of programs n case studies...if so please mail be at hannachauhan@gmail.com.thank you .!!
Hanna Chauhan
Zoo
Hanna, the original Victorian idea of Zoos (abbreviated from Zoological Gardens) was to show and educate people about the wonders of the natural world and because most people ignore what is on their own doorstep, whereas foreign and alien creatures will always attract an audience, if only because of the freak show aspect.

Therefore, the original Victorian purpose was educational at a time when (a) large parts of the World were almost completely given over to nature, and (b) mass tourism was unheard of, so people could only learn what was beyond the borders of this country by visiting Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Museums.

Today, the relentless spread of humanity over the face of this world means that many species are now extinct or are almost extinct, so that the modern reason for "zoos" is to conserve, save and propagate species which are endangered by the uncontrolled spread of humanity.

For example, in Africa, where there are quite a number of unreported civil wars, which means that many people have fled into the bush ("the bush" is a general term for land previously untouched by humans) and now exist in refugee camps by burning down the trees and eating the wildlife simply to survive.

Ironically, here in the UK there are quite few charity organisations who help these refugees and charity organisations who help endangered species and both ignore "the elephant in the room" (an english idiom for when people do not talk about a taboo subject) which is the fact that this double tragedy to both humans and wildlife is caused by those people who are willing to sacrifice others for their greed for wealth and power.
Frank John Snelling
Zoo
thank you sir so much ..... this has actually motivated me so much to go for this subject.. i love animals.....thanks a lot...:)))
Hanna Chauhan
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